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Old 03-22-2009, 02:51 PM   #1
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Main Water Valve connection

The residents who owned the home before we purchased it installed a water softening system that connected to the main water valve in the garage. When we moved in, the system was gone, leaving 2 open ended pipes. We installed some PVC pipes hoping it would solve the problem. Wah lah! It worked. But after a month or so, it started to leak.

Take a look at the image:
(yes, that is a cup at the bottom. It was catching the leak before we shut off the water)

Does anyone have any ideas on what we could do to fix this? Did we use the wrong piping? What would you recommend?


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Old 03-22-2009, 11:29 PM   #2
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It appears as though you have iron pipe.

Take out the plastic, measure (accurately) the distance between the two iron fittings.
Get 2 nipples (short threaded pieces of pipe) and fitting called a 'union'.
You will have to add length to the overall because the nipples will thread into the union and the existing fittings.
Be sure to use use pipe dope (thread compound) on all threads and where the 2 faces of the union meet.

Take your measurement into you local hardware store and lay out the fittings to the right length.



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Old 03-22-2009, 11:35 PM   #3
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Just a point of interest. If the sales contract didn't specify that they got to take the water softener they are in violation. You are not allowed to remove anything attached unless it is in the contract. They may owe you a softener and the installation.
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:47 PM   #4
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Pvc should work ..I have gone from meatel to pvc with no problems.. You would have to use the correct fittings & pipe compound on the threaded ends.. That looks like a compression fitting.. can't tell how it's all connected together
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice!

BTW hayewe Farm, we purchased a foreclosure, and I believe the previous owners were on a rental contract with the water softening company... Thanks for the info though!
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