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Old 05-30-2006, 10:06 PM
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Gasket pipe assembly

When your working by yourself with 4" or 6" gasketed fittings do you guys have any tools to help get the damn things together?

I found this $500 tool from RidGid, which looks cool, but I was wondering if anyone had any tricks.

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Old 05-30-2006, 10:32 PM
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Use a shovel and stick the heal against the end of the pipe and dig the tip into the dirt under the pipe and pry it on. if you have say a 45 or something on the other end it helps to drive a stake behind it to hold it in place, or just let it push against the wall of the trench. You can also take a piece of 2x4 or 2x6 and place it against the end of the piece of pipe you are trying to put on, and hit it the board with a sledge. make sure you get it seated all the way. If you have a cut piece where there is no ring painted on, go ahead and make some sort of mark on the pipe at about the same depth as the bell/fitting its going to be inserted into (marker, dirt, scratch it with a rock, wipe off some dirt so you have a clean line, whatever is easiest) another way is you can straddle the pipe facining away from the joint and pull the pipe towards you, that way you can get your weight into it. If you line up the joint good and square it should go together pretty easy. If you're trying to jam it in all cockeyed you will be beating on it all day and probably end up rolling a gasket.
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:34 PM
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Another thing that makes it easier is to grind your edges nice and smooth
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:50 PM
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I have no trouble putting straight lengths together, its putting 45's together outside of a trench that are hard, you can get one end on, but trying to stick another 20' chunk onto it is tricky.
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:11 PM
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Yeah it can be a pain, but if you stake it so it cant move on you it makes it a lot easier
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Duck butter and a good breaker bar... works for us every time.

There's also nothing keeping you from using a glue 45 instead of a gasketed one. Been there, done that MANY times on 6" and 8" pipe.
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:59 AM
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:37 AM
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Don't work alone....
My sentiments exactly. Why is one handling 4" or 6" gasketed pipe solo?
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