- Home Improvement
Easy new way to repair leaky copper and PVC pipes and plumbing with FiberFix epoxy tape
I came into a problem not too long ago, and I wasn't sure what to do. My house has old copper pipes, and the main line features a hose spigot before going into the house. Without realizing it over the years, every time I moved my hose, I put just a little stress on the pipe, bending it. Eventually it formed a leak, and not a small leak, but a big one - spraying water all over the front of my house.
I journeyed down to my local fix-it shop - Swartzel's Ace hardware here in New Port Richey, FL (Pasco County). I explained my problem to one of the helpful employees. He asked if I could wrap the leak. Confused, I responded that I would be able to, but that I couldn't tell how that would help.
He pointed out FiberFix tape, and had a short DVD to play to show how it works.
I went straight home and gate it a shot. You can see the results below in a picture of my actual repair (see the picture below). Works pretty darn well, no trouble so far. Be sure to watch the video and see how easy it is to use.
Fiberfix is very versatile, however. It wraps pretty similar to tape, just like the package says. You wet it, squeeze out the excess water, then wrap whatever needs repair. It is hard enough to work with (like paint and sand) in about 5 minutes.
It is also very very useful. The packaging shows pictures for using it to repair breaks like a chair or table leg, wooden tools like a shovel. Really, you can use it for almost anything you need held together.
A quick note, it doesn't seem like you can save FiberFix after you open it. Once it is opened, even moisture in the air will end up causing it to cure and harden. If you have a couple things that need repair, bring them close together so that you can wrap each one quickly. Before it cures, you can cut it with scissors, but it is a little bit difficult. I used trauma shears and had some difficulty, but got through it.
I have come to find out that FiberFix tape has been shown on Shark Tank. This epoxy based tape will probably explode as soon as the show airs, I was already seeing FiberFix at ACE hardware, it will only be a matter of time until it is everywhere.