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Old 01-22-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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I am going to install a 1" type L copper service line from water meter to home. Is there anything that can be used to protect the pipe from the soil etc?

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Old 01-22-2010, 06:21 PM   #2
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Why do you want to go with copper? Why not poly-pipe?

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Old 01-23-2010, 08:11 AM   #3
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If your going to run copper run K copper not L do it once that's it.

And no joints underground. Use long roll.
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based on the price of copper these days, I too ask, why not poly (plastic)?
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The plumber is gonna charge me the same (or close) for PEX pipe vs copper pipe. (I wonder why but I bet copper is more valuable, better underground than PEX?) I was gonna do PEX myself but I found that there are quite a lot of works and involve some heavy duty tools instead of hand tools that I am more comfortable with. Trencher, jackhammer, concrete foundation work, main service meter, etc.

I also have a few other projects that should be done asap. (Just replaced a new skylight yesterday with new flashing and surrounding shingles since the old one was leaking), major bathroom remodel, new flooring, etc ..

The guy told me type K pipe is not necessary and type L is good enough ? How much more are we talking about 100ft type K vs 100 ft type L? Thank you.
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Defiantly go with the copper but make sure it's K and it's one continuous line with no joints.

Get price quote from contractor.
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Is there anything that can be used to protect the pipe from the soil etc?
Ayuh,... Bed it in Sand,.... 1/2' below,+ a foot above the tubing...
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You can put armaflex around it if you want it's like black rubber stuff refrigeration tubing is insulated with.
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just bury it in the dirt making sure theres no rocks near by,around here we have to run K copper underground.

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