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Old 02-03-2013, 09:07 AM   #31
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Somehow the phrase "When it rains, it pours" comes to mind.......

I'm amazed they would do PVC for a main line....my house was built in 52.....main line is copper....

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Somehow the phrase "When it rains, it pours" comes to mind.......

I'm amazed they would do PVC for a main line....my house was built in 52.....main line is copper....
You should have seen last night before I gave up, I just knew I had it fixed because I took all the sections out I had done and put one solid in, I turned the water on slowly with the outside spigot on to keep the pressure down, everything looked good, no leaks, then I turned it on fully, the line blew, water shot up in the air forty or fifty feet and hit on top of the car which was about 60 feet away.

Now today I realized I have a new problem. I can get a homeowners permit to install the new water line but I am not sure the city will let me hook into the meter, they may make me get a licensed plumber which is out of our reach. I just hope they will let me hook in or we are sunk.

Using the bathroom is no problem because we have one of the chemical camping deals to use the bathroom in and I have rigged a temporary shower, we have to heat the water but hey it could be worse. Such is life in the fast lane.
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Can I ask what was blowing apart? Was it your connections or was it the old line in new spots? What were you using to cut it with?


Anyway neither here nor there : Do you know what hourly rate of a service plumber in your area is? If you're allowed to run the line but not make the meter connection, then do so, and leave him a nice easy spot to work in, make it to where he only has to glue couple of joints and you should stay within the full hour.
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We are a couple of happy campers tonight. My wife called the water company today and they told us the city didn't have anything to do with the water and we did not need a permit or a pro plumber to do the hookup because it was an existing install. We have water tonight, our grandson hung in there with me and we got the new line ran and hooked up.

Alan it was the old pipe that kept blowing all to pieces, I guess the ground was holding it together all this time. The old pipe would just crumble in your hand, it was so brittle. One thing I did not know, when it is cold outside you have to let the glue in the pipes set for at least an hour before putting pressure on it, learned something new this week.

I need to revise this a little, our grandson was doing most of the work, for a 15 year old that is saying something.
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We are a couple of happy campers tonight. My wife called the water company today and they told us the city didn't have anything to do with the water and we did not need a permit or a pro plumber to do the hookup because it was an existing install. We have water tonight, our grandson hung in there with me and we got the new line ran and hooked up.

Alan it was the old pipe that kept blowing all to pieces, I guess the ground was holding it together all this time. The old pipe would just crumble in your hand, it was so brittle. One thing I did not know, when it is cold outside you have to let the glue in the pipes set for at least an hour before putting pressure on it, learned something new this week.

I need to revise this a little, our grandson was doing most of the work, for a 15 year old that is saying something.
Nice work. What did you use for pipe?
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Nice work. What did you use for pipe?
I went with sch 40 PVC, the Pex was too high and I was afraid of the fittings.
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I went with sch 40 PVC, the Pex was too high and I was afraid of the fittings.


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Whooooo mama, I am so sore this morning my teeth hurt, getting the rest of that fill dirt back in the trench can wait a day or so, there is enough dirt on the pipe to keep it from freezing. Ya just don't miss the water til the well runs dry.
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Whooooo mama, I am so sore this morning my teeth hurt, getting the rest of that fill dirt back in the trench can wait a day or so, there is enough dirt on the pipe to keep it from freezing. Ya just don't miss the water til the well runs dry.
While you have it open you might as well throw some tracer wire in there if ya didn't already. Make it easier for the next guy to find it.
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While you have it open you might as well throw some tracer wire in there if ya didn't already. Make it easier for the next guy to find it.
Didn't think about that. Alan, the way I found where the line was is I took a piece of 1/4 inch copper pipe about 20 inches long, bent about 4 or 5 inches in an L shape to a 90, held the long part as close to level as I could and hold the handle very loose, when you walk over a pipe or wire the piece of copper will turn in the direction of the pipe. It does work and well. When I dug down I was dead on top of the pipe.

A wire clothes hanger will work just as well.
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I have to say it, you can tune a piano but you ccan't tune a fish'
Sorry it's out of my system now but still feeling a little flat.
Alittle diminished even. Maybe if I augmented it with a little arpeggio.
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BigJim are we related?
I have luck like that or as I call it the mushroom effect!
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