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Old 08-26-2010, 01:32 PM   #1
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Slight emergency: How do I fix this coupling from my broken water line outside?


Found the line and the crack!

The line was 18" down.


The hole felt a lot bigger than it looks.


Closer look. You can see how the copper approaches the solid PCV at a slight bend/angle.
This put pressure on the coupling I guess.


And here is the nasty culprit:



I'm heading to Home Depot in an hour or so. I'll cut off that section of
PVC and take it with me to Home Depot.

Any advice about what to buy to replace that?
I can just unscrew this from the copper I hope. I'd rather not have to
mess with that. And I don't intend to fix that bend/angle today.


Thanks for any suggestions!

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Old 08-26-2010, 01:45 PM   #2
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Found the line and the crack!

The line was 18" down.


The hole felt a lot bigger than it looks.


Closer look. You can see how the copper approaches the solid PCV at a slight bend/angle.
This put pressure on the coupling I guess.


And here is the nasty culprit:



I'm heading to Home Depot in an hour or so. I'll cut off that section of
PVC and take it with me to Home Depot.

Any advice about what to buy to replace that?
I can just unscrew this from the copper I hope. I'd rather not have to
mess with that. And I don't intend to fix that bend/angle today.


Thanks for any suggestions!
I would use a male PVC fitting coming off the plastic.
Plastic couplings or other female plastic is in my view to weak to take any other fitting screwing into it.
You might be better off going to a plumbing supply house to get the right fittings for what you need to do.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:13 PM   #3
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I would use a male PVC fitting coming off the plastic.
Plastic couplings or other female plastic is in my view to weak to take any other fitting screwing into it.
You might be better off going to a plumbing supply house to get the right fittings for what you need to do.
I took your advice and located a local place called "Fergusuns". It was like the wal-mart of plumbing supplies. Wish I'd known about them when I was plumbing my bathroom remodel!

They hooked me up with this telescoping gadget.



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Old 08-26-2010, 04:39 PM   #4
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Now that looks both cool and a very good way to go.

about 3-4 good wraps with the blue tap on the male end and prim and glue and let set for about 2 hours then put the water back on and all should be good ..
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:55 PM   #5
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I just turned the water on and the bastard
linkage is leaking in the two spots I'm pointing at.

I pulled on the damn extension until it wouldn't pull any further.
Almost positive I cut it right also.
Frack!

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Old 08-26-2010, 05:04 PM   #6
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Well sumufa*****.... the guys at the plumbing store didn't tell me that black fracking part on the left needed to be glued in place. ****er was on tight and I assumed it was all one assembly.

I'm also cutting about 3/8" off the end of the threads, just in case I messed up my cut and didn't leave enough slack for the pipe to fully extend.
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:18 PM   #7
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Cutting threads off is not really a good idea, I have tried that in the long past and often things did not turn out well...
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:21 PM   #8
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Cutting threads off is not really a good idea, I have tried that in the long past and often things did not turn out well...
HAHAHAH

You're not kidding. I really wish I hadn't done that. Because I did, and I came up too short after properly cementing the nipple in place.
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:23 PM   #9
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Never try to fix anything when you're pissed off or frustrated. You just won't think straight and you'll screw it up worse. lol
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I wouldn't sweat it too badly, screwups happen. Go get new stuff, the Lowes in my area sells the telescoping repair couplings, and they'll be a helluva lot cheaper than Ferguson (can't stand the place). When I use those, I try to install it so it's not fully extended, just in case your measurement is a bit off. The o ring inside doesn't care where it sits. You might pick up a coupling and short section of pipe so it'll all fit properly. Screw the MIP into the copper, set the coupling, then measure and glue all the joints at once. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and you can check it under pressure to make sure there isn't any leaks
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:02 PM   #11
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A family of yellowjackets have been keeping me company
in this wet hole. Two of them buzzing around.
Haven't bothered me yet. They're pretty large.



Okay, took a trip back to Fergusans. They were closed, but let me in anyways.

Picked up new fittings & a long schedule 80 nipple instead of the short one.
Then cut the long one down to size, slipped it on with a coupler.
Put it all back in place.


Fits like a charm.



TURNED ON THE WATER AND IT HOLDS!
Stuff just works better when you cement it like no other.

TIME TO TAKE A
SHOWER!
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You must be down south somewhere. I had to hire a guy to dig 4 feet down to get to my water service.
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