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Old 02-04-2009, 11:17 AM   #16
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Are not some of the PE rated for potable water and some not? Not sure about pex.



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Old 02-05-2009, 10:10 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the feedback. Next time I am near a plumbing supply store I will discuss the recommendations with them.
I will not be digging any trenches. I will pay someone to do this part. I will install it though. Right now the existing line is 36" deep. Is this a good depth for the alternative products discussed? I live in Upstate SC. Yesterday, the high temp was 26 degrees. But that would be an exception.

Ps.....The ground is red clay. No soil to speak of.
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:23 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by RippySkippy View Post
If the OP is going below the frost line, I doubt rodents would be an issue. Around here PE is the standard for long fun installs, and it works fine. MOST lines are installed a min of 5' deep.

The suggestion to use the torch to warm the pipe before inserting the barbed fittings is a good suggestion, and it works well.

Since the price is so reasonable, I'd really suggest stepping up to at least 1" as mentioned and consider larger...you'll never regret installing a larger main to the house. I have 1" from the main to the meter (400 feet away) and 1-1/4" from the meter to the house that reduces to 1" just inside the basement wall. We've not and any flow or pressure issues.

I am sure you are correct about the rodents when it comes to the frost line issue. When I wrote that I did not and still do not know what part of the country he lives in. If he was in a Southern state with no frost issues it then may be a problem.

My line from my well is also buried five feet.
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:17 AM   #19
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J.V. -- what's the standard in your area for "below frost depth" I would think 36" would work...but for sure check with the local guys...or call the closest code official office and inquire. You can't go wrong with either product.

BN...the pipe the rodents chewed through...was that the thick wall PE or the thin wall stuff typically sometimes used in irrigation/green house applications?

When I was a kid, we used the black PE to pipe water maybe 1000' of 3/4" to a sow pen in the pasture, since there wasn't well water nearby. We just laid it on the ground fastening it to the closest fence line, and trenching through any driveways that need to be crossed. Many times we would let gravity drain the pipe at the end of summer, and it would survive over the winter for next year. I never recall a leak from rodents...of course there was one when my brother hit it with the 6' rotary mower...and to be hones with you I'm was surprised that it handled the UV as well as it did.

The bottom line for me -- the thick walled PE pipe has been very duarable product given my experiences, of course YMMV....


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