Pipe Freeze Kits
I have a customer that has some water leaks on a 2" copper hot water line. Draining the system will be a long time consuming task. I'd like to use a pipe freeze kit, but have no experience with them.
I've done a little bit of research, and there are a couple of systems out there. One in particular is made by General Wire that uses CO2 and does 1/2" - 2" for about $500. I also see that Ridgid makes one that uses some kind of refrigeration system for $2500.
Anyone have experiences with these or any pipe freeze kits?
I rent the Rigid kit from Sunbelt for $48.00/day when I need to use one........I think it goes to 2 1/2" on copper lines. I have heard there are systems available to do up to 4", but have never seen them.
I've used it on 2" water lines with 70lbs of pressure on them.......works like a charm. Strap the heads on with velcro, fire it up and wait about 10 minutes............showtime!
Get the big bottle of co2 and get a spare just in case,Experence talking,1 may not be enough if theres a problem that takes longer.s**T does happen.
If you build it they will come,,,they built it and they went.
Originally Posted by fgp6889
Dam good advice here take it. Used to do hotel work (25 story bldg) many moons ago. We used the co2 system one guy into the crawl space with the wrap, one guy in the hallway manning the tanks, one guy inside the hotel room doing the actual plumbing work. LOL. loved that job, pay sucked but, the benefits were out of this world. The plumbing contractor didn't install any shutoffs in the supply lines. Had to freeze lines very time a closet shutoff broke or any work needed done in the bathrooms what a huge waste of money over the years in maintain the building. Oh, but those desk babes were something else.
So you didn't ask, what you though was a stupid question. Now how, are you going to tell the boss about your stupid screw up?
We have a pipe kit that does up to 2" and yes always have extra co2 on hand. For really big jobs, or for example the basement of a high rise we have a company we bring in and they build a little tin foil dam around the pipe and fill it with liquid nitrogen a few minutes later your good to go. When I do it with CO2 I always give it an extra few minutes more than the book says. We even did some Glycol lines.
These kit's are worth their weight in gold.
refrigeration workers of Ontario
Thanks for the feedback gents!
I am gonna go for the Ridgid self contained unit at a local rental place ($80 bucks a day).
The CO2 kit may be an investment in the future.
Thanks again for your reccomendations!
Be careful with CO² in confined spaces
If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball
Just an update for everyone....
We used the Ridgid 2500 pipe freeze machine. It was a no go! The machine was brand spanking new. After 2 hours of the machine runnning we tested to see if the ice plugs were developed. The instructions said it would take approx 30 minutes...maybe because the line temp was 120*F, it needed to be on longer....but 2 hours...sheesh. Not sure what happened.
I got a qoute to have a pipe freeze company come in and they want $3400 to come in to do 2 freeze plugs at 2 locations on 2" copper pipe....very pricey in my opinion. We'll either drain the system or buy a CO2 system.
umm, it may take longer than 2hrs for a 2" line. Give it a chance, I have used the ridged on 1" condensate pumped drain lines on liebert units and it worked perfectly. Now this was standing water at around 60* and it took about 3hrs.
120 deg water on each side of a plug your trying to freeze...........
thats gonna take a while.........
I called Ridgid today, they said that the 2500 should do the freeze in about an hour. They said that the machine I used may be low on refrigerant (R-507).
Originally Posted by t527ed
I told this to the rental place & their going to have it serviced...I may give it another go
I used the Ridgid many times without probems. Spray the clamps with water for better transfer. Also there cannot be any flow or the plugs will not form. Good Luck!
Originally Posted by flyrfan