Copper piping not soldered, can I seal it another way?

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E69A6FFD-32E4-4A19-B9DD-0654995EEA1E.jpeg Hey everyone. I posted earlier this week regarding our new bathtub hitting the bathtub spout. We did get a plumber out here who replaced the entire valve for us (picture attached). He asked to call once we got the wall surround up so he could do the trim.

We were able to put the tub spout and handle on ourselves and went to cut the water on, but it doesn’t look like the plumber soldered the pipes in the back (I assume he was going to do that when we called him to come back).

Now the plumber can’t come back out until Tuesday and we need the shower up and running before then. I’m personally not comfortable with soldering (especially in such a tight space and with the tub being acrylic) so I’m wondering if there is anything I can buy that will connect and seal the two pipes together, so we can use the shower again!

I’m attaching pictures of both pipes. I know the one on the right needs to be soldered/sealed, but I can’t tell if the one on the left needs to be soldered/sealed, as well.

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I appreciate any help.

*not sure why the pictures are rotated. Sorry about that.
 

voletl

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Those are propress joints they are an alternative to soldering
They are permanent
 

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Yeah it looks like all of them are sealed, but not this one. When I cut the water on they separated from each other and water came shooting out. 70E75862-EE01-40E0-9C00-63449DA36D1C.jpeg
 

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Ok

You cant solder those joints anyway
Plumber needs to come back and fix that immediately. They left you with a leak very unprofessional.
 

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Okay, thanks. I’m not sure if he just missed that pipe or what. We’ve got them coming back out on Tuesday. Do you know if there is anything I can buy (even if it’s temporary) that will connect and seal the pipes before then?
 

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No, don't mess with the joints in any way and he should be able to deal with them.
He has a few problematic issues:
1. He neglected to use the proper methodology of a Sharpie ink marker to confirm depth of pipe into the ProPress fitting. This prevents pressing a joint that has not bottomed out or slipped before pressing.
2. He has not used a bracket fitting for the tub spout (and check the shower head fitting?) Those fittings need to be screwed to a stable, strong backer (wood or metal) to prevent movement. It is required by code FOR A REASON !!!!!

I will hold my tongue about leaving those crappy old shut-offs. Hopefully there are integral stops on that Delta valve anyway.
 

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Take a shower at a neighbor’s house, YMCA, sponge bath in the kitchen, wash your hair in the sink, apply for a week’s trial membership at a gym and shower there.

Glue that piece of tub flange back in, and silicone all around the cut line behind the glue, after it dries.
 

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I would call the plumber and tell him his work is leaking and you need it fixed today before you tell everyone of his poor work.
 

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