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I am making a plumbing repair to copper pipe. There is a small trickle of water that I cannot stop flowing. What is a good way to block the water to make a good joint?

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Jamb a piece of white bread(wadded into a tight ball)into the pipe. Work fast. Bread will stop flow for a bit, but will breakdown quickly under pressure and dissolve with no blockage.

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Replace the copper section
fit new plastic ferrule to pipe inside the the fitting nuts
make sure that the pipe is round and not dented or scratched
tighten the nut more
put the pipe further into the fitting

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