A.Kenny Hart, a master plumber and certified home inspector in Hampton Roads, Va., responds: While I would not recommend bending rigid pipe unless it is annealed (heated) first, offsets made with a pipe bender are pretty common when using Type L annealed copper tubing (sometimes referred to as soft tubing).

A pipe offset without the use of soldered fittings might actually be less likely to leak than one with fittings, because it has fewer joints.

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