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Old 03-08-2015, 12:48 PM   #1
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Main leak. Proper method to fix?


edit: norcal, san jose, no freeze.

yelp! i opened up my irrigation box yesterday to find it full of water. the box is located just to the left of my main and was installed by the previous owner.

Here is (was, more on this later) the exposed area





It was leaking just below the T. The coupler below the T is connected to what appears to be a brass pipe, which was shoved in the black pvc (?) and secured with hoser clamps.

I originally though the leak was at the T, but once I ripped it apart, the pipe inserted into the black pvc has a worm trail worn in it and a pinhole. bingo.

I do not want the irrigation, so I ripped everything out and headed to lowes....which was incredibly under stocked. I wasn't sure what I needed, but they didn't even have a pvc 45* elbow, so my cart ended up full of galvanized...





i know...but yesterday was a bad day for this and those were the parts available.

Anyway....it still leaks.

It leaks much...much less now, but yeah...slow drip. The spot at the top dripping seems easy enough to fix, but I checked it this morning and it does look like it is leaking from the clamps at the bottom, so eventually...same problem.

So...my long winded question is, what is the proper method to fix this?

I can't help but think that shoving a piece of pipe into that black pvc coming from my meter is just a bit off the mark...or miles. Or what do I know, maybe it's correct. I dunno.

The pipe shoved into the black PVC is 3/4". The top connection to the ball valve (pre-existing valve) is 1".

Thanks!!

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Ayuh,.... The piece goin' into the black plastic pipe, should be a Hose Barb, not straight pipe,...

When the hose clamps are tightened, the black plastic pipe is warmed with a torch, 'n the clamps tightened tighter, while the plastic is softer,...
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Check out that previous thread. It sounds like it addresses your exact situation quite well.
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Check out that previous thread. It sounds like it addresses your exact situation quite well.
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i reviewed the other thread and was able to pick up a Brass 1" barb to 1" MNPT fitting today.

Should I replace the galvanized i used with PVC? If so, how to I make the connection from this brass adapter to the PVC?

Thanks again
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I'm not a plumber but my first choice is copper or pex, the tools for copper are more common.
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i reviewed the other thread and was able to pick up a Brass 1" barb to 1" MNPT fitting today.

Should I replace the galvanized i used with PVC? If so, how to I make the connection from this brass adapter to the PVC?

Thanks again
The galvanized pipe is fine. It has been used on water service for decades.
IMO- better than unprotected PVC
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Thanks

The pipe they had shoved in, that i duplicated to replace, is 3/4", so the service is getting reduced. This new fitting is 1", so I'll need to pull out most of it anyway.

Also, going with the suggestion in that other thread to not bury and box this in instead so I don't have a buried junction to wonder about down the line.

Would that change your recommendation?

Thanks again
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The pipe they had shoved in, that i duplicated to replace, is 3/4", so the service is getting reduced. This new fitting is 1", so I'll need to pull out most of it anyway.

Also, going with the suggestion in that other thread to not bury and box this in instead so I don't have a buried junction to wonder about down the line.

Would that change your recommendation?

Thanks again
No, it wouldn't change my recommendation. I don't see why some one will box a joint. Think of all the joints within your house, none have access. What makes this one different?
If you take the time to make the poly joint properly you should have no worries.
With that said, if you should decide on pvc, then think about boxing it for protection. Pvc is not as durable as galv.
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