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Digital Subscriptions > Cottage Life > Spring 2017 > 10 REPAIRS EVERY COTTAGER CAN MASTER


without breaking the bank, braking a sweat, or(#$@!) breaking down


Once upon a time, a leak in the cottage plumbing meant that you had to crawl under the building—during black fly season, of course—to perform some sort of soldering procedure on the ½”-dia. copper pipe, most often alarmingly close to combustible surfaces.

Nowadays, most new plumbing consists of flexible plastic pipe that’s less prone to failure. However, ruptures and leaks can still occur, and fixing these requires specialized tools. That is, until SharkBite came along. This push-toconnect fitting hit the scene a few years ago, and it provides a convenient means to repair both copper and plastic pipes, or even to complete new installs, and I haven’t seen a better product for this yet. SharkBite fittings join copper to copper, plastic to plastic, and copper to plastic without any soldering or special tools.

First, you cut the pipe (use a pipe cutter for copper; a hacksaw will do for plastic if you don’t have special shears) on both sides of the leaky spot. Make sure your cuts are square and clean—no burrs. SharkBite sells a handy deburring tool, but fine sandpaper will work too.

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Cottage Life kicks off the season with a Get-Ready Guide! 138 pages of inspiration and advice including our 2017 real estate trend report, timeless advice from seasoned cottager Roy MacGregor, 10 easy DIY jobs anyone can do, a primer on generators, easy tinnie hacks, a hard-working ATV trailer, tips for setting up the kitchen and simple opening up meals, plans for building a deer-proof planter box, and ideas for converting a trailer into a guest bunkie. Plus, the restoration of a 200-year old Cape Breton cottage, and how a couple scored a $59,000 dream cottage.