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none of the joints I fixed were ever found to be dripping, except on a rare occasion where I was working on a pipe that wasn't totally drained of water, which brings me to the next topic - water and sweat soldering don't get along, unless you have enough bread to make the difference.Bread? Did he say bread? Yep, not dough, er money kinda bread. Real white bread, ...
My guess is that the pipe or fitting had become misshapen (possibly by the pressure of the ice) and jammed the metal together.
If any of the solder melted then the pipe is a good deal hotter than the boiling point of water so there's no liquid water there.