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Old 01-31-2013, 09:28 PM   #16
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That sounds like fun


What kind of depth do your waterlines in your area have to go to?

Thank goodness only 18 inches to 2 feet, I hope. I just hope it isn't galvanized pipe.

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Thank goodness only 18 inches to 2 feet, I hope. I just hope it isn't galvanized pipe.
In that case I highly recommend a new line.
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In that case I highly recommend a new line.
I totally agree.
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I found the leak in the water main, it is about 18 inches down. There is a hole about the size of a silver dollar or that wide in a 1 inch PVC line. Is there any new ways to fix this pipe or do I use sleeves and a new section of pipe?

This is the coldest night we have had so far and maybe snow tomorrow, so much fun.
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This is getting ridiculouser and rediculouser.
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Is it sch 40 or is it lightweight?

Regardless..... for a patch job, I'd use two sch 80 unions and a new section of pipe.



If the line is lightweight / thinwall, think about replacing it....
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Alan it is sch 40, I can't for the life of me figure out how it busted a hole in it unless the water company spiked the pressure. We are in Lookout Valley with mountains around us and the pressure is high here to get the water up the mountains. They say we don't have the high pressure down here but the pressure will blow a good water hoes to pieces and without a regulator you can't keep the pop off valve shut on a water heater.

I went and got the parts tonight and hopefully will get it back together tomorrow. I think this will work, I will slide a coupling on one end of a short section of pipe and glue a PVC union like the one below and hopefully it will work. Do you see any problems with this?
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Nope. If you're going Coupling + union, you'll need to have a little flexibility in the pipe to slide the second half of the union on.

I wasn't sure how big a hole you had made, so that's why I suggested two unions.

I do it the way you're planning to all the time. Good luck!
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Man what a day and last night also, our grandson and I dug down and found the water line and thought that we had found the hole right away. We went to Lowe's and picked up some 1 inch line and coupling and a union, turns out the line is 3/4 inch thin wall PVC just like Alan said it might be. We tried literally all day, dig and repair, turn on blow a hole in the pipe. We did this all day hoping we would find a place that wouldn't blow.

Late this evening, I thought sure we had it, turned the water on and blew another hole. It snowed almost all day and sleet, laying on the ground fooling with a rotten pipe all day in the mud and snow is not my idea of fun. I will replace the entire line, no need to throw more money and time into that sorry piece of workmanship. I just can't believe someone would cut corners with a 3/4 line and thin wall at that.

I got a question, I am ole school and have never had anything to do with Pex, can Pex be used under ground or is there a special kind to use under ground?
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Pex is fine underground in my jurisdiction. I'm simply assuming that if they let someone put thinwall pvc underground for a water main pex would be ok too.

I'd probably put sch 40 pvc in there, but that's just because it's what we normally use.

Your biggest problem will be getting your hands on 1" pex transition fittings if you plan on buying from the box store.
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Pex is fine underground in my jurisdiction. I'm simply assuming that if they let someone put thinwall pvc underground for a water main pex would be ok too.

I'd probably put sch 40 pvc in there, but that's just because it's what we normally use.

Your biggest problem will be getting your hands on 1" pex transition fittings if you plan on buying from the box store.
Thanks Alan, I appreciate your help. I will check to see if I can find the 1 inch fittings. Come to think of it the fittings coming out the back of the water meter is 3/4 inch maybe I need to stick with 3/4 with a restriction like that.
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It seems to me a pressure regulator might be a reasonable choice.
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We have pressure regulators but they are at the house and water heater, I don't think a regulator would last under ground, would it?
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We actually dig up a lot of 30 - 40 + year old ones that have been in the dirt forever.


We also replace a lot of 5 year old ones that rot out just being exposed to the coastal air in a valve box.

Nothing lasts anymore.
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We actually dig up a lot of 30 - 40 + year old ones that have been in the dirt forever.


We also replace a lot of 5 year old ones that rot out just being exposed to the coastal air in a valve box.

Nothing lasts anymore.
That is really surprising, I wouldn't think they would last long at all in the ground.

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