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Had to shut off the water main on my house.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 1-ton, May 19, 2006.

  1. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I had a large 3/4" sprinkler PVC pipe on my front lawn break, and there is no shut off for the sprinklers system, so I had to shut off the water main to the whole house.

    I know how to fix cars and computers, but I have no idea how to fix anything on a house. Does anybody know how I can cap off the broken PVC sprinkler line, so I can turn my water main back on?
     
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    Corey 78K5 1 ton status

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    Dig it up and replace broken part.
     
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    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Why didn't I think of that. :rolleyes:
     
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    It really is that simple. Go to Homes depot and ask questions. you need a hacksaw, pipe cleaner, pipe glue ans a cap or replacement part.
    George
    ps they should ask what kind of pipe you're doing.
     
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    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I have a hacksaw. When you say "pipe cleaner" are you talking about a tool or a chemicel product? I will have to buy the pipe glue and cap. Will the cap be a smooth bore or threaded? How long after I install the cap will I have to wait before turning the water main back on?
     
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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    you dont need pipe cleaner, just wipe the end of the pipe clean and dry when you glue it, use blue glue, and just replace the piece of pipe that broke.
     
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    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    There was a cap on the end of the pipe that cracked, which has water pressure going to it.
     
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    Homes has all the parts you need.........
    George
     
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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    It's really straight forword and a basic repair, if it was capped to begin with just go and buy the same parts and get some blue primer and some glue.Dood its a fairly simple thing to do, just leave it all dug up before you test it....;)
     
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    If you are not gong to use it anymoe (it was capped, so I am assuming here) I would cap it near the house and save the digging. Just cut the pipe with a hacksaw where it goes into the ground.
     
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    or you could turn your feed valve off to the sprinklers and turn your main on
     
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    He says he doesnt have one....

    Dealing with PVC is real easy cut the broken section out and get you some couplers and a piece of pipe or if its the end then get a new cap, easy as that. Sling some primer on there and then the purple glue and you'll be ready to go. If you use the system get a valve for the main line and put that in right after it splits off the main line for the house...
     
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    oops didn't see that i work lawn care so i just assumed sorry
     
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    Well, I dug up the PVC sprinkler pipe, and sawed off a clean end. Then I went to Home Depot, and bought an end cap and blue glue. It is installed now, so I am just waiting for the glue to dry (directions say 2-hours in temps above 60 degrees Farenhiet), and then turn the water back on and test it. I hope it works. :confused: Thanks for the replies.
     
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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    Did you get the primer as well, you need to apply that first????
     
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    OH F*CK, what is primer? I ask the teenage girl (those are the only people they had) working at Home Depot, and she said that the cap and glue was all I needed.
     
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    Just scuff it real well, clean it and glue the cap on. I have done that many times with no problem.
     
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    It's the purple piss you put on before the glue.. makes that sh*t set up super quick... I was always told you HAD to use that.. But you may be alright..

    I just plumbed a baitwell system out of PVC the other day.... :doah: :haha:
     
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    I cleaned the end of the pipe with a damp shop towel, and then just slaped the glue and cap on it. Oh well, this is not too hard to do. If this time does not work, I will just cut the end back off, and go back to Home Depot to get the primer and another end cap.
     
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    I just turned the water back to the house, and it held. Thanks for the replies and help! :wink1:
     

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