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(Almost) Shocking Repair

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Sprinkus, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    Had to repair a mainline leak a few days ago.
    There was a rock under the main that was in the way so I had my helper grab a rock bar to break it loose.
    Come to find out the "rock" was part of a very shallow duct bank.
    Luckily my helper didn't jam the rock bar right into the high voltage line that was just below the main! :eek:
    The funky pipe angle repair is just par for the course 'round here. Anybody can operate a machine but not everybody is a true machine operator who can dig a ditch that compensates for odd angles. :rolleyes:



  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    Glad your helper didnt freakin die

    Is that 2" Main?

    I was looking at the repair. At first I was wondering why you didn't just use 2 90's. But a second look shows it would have to be 3 or 4 90's . Or in your case 2 90's and 1 45.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011
  3. Trying to figure the repair order. I'm guessing you started at the first ell and ended at the tee. Slip fix was the last glue. Somewhere you did a double glue and shift to get your angles right.
  4. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,939

    How far down is that electrical?
  5. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    Main was 1-1/2".
    Repair order was the 90's first, then the 45, then the tee, then the slip-fix. I test fitted the 90's and 45 first to get the proper angle before gluing.
    The electrical line is only about 14" deep.

    Couple more pics:


  6. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Posts: 1,835

    14" in conduit? Code only requires 12" in conduit, 18" without.

    I see a lot of 120V UF, not in conduit, 6" below grade. That always scares the crap out of me.
  7. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,097

    You mean that's not to code?

    I see it like that more often than not. Last year my guy was using a all steel spade and got a little jingle from a romex that was about 8".
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  8. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,939

    Round here it's:

    - direct burial: two feet
    - in rigid nonmetallic conduit (PVC): eighteen inches

    no EMT
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    Those are scary pics, up north one foot separation is code and the inspectors want to see it.
  10. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Posts: 1,835

    How do you cross electric and still maintain a foot of separation?

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