Any way to fix a pinhole leak without replacing the fitting?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by bcg, May 29, 2008.

  1. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a T connection with a pinhole leak in the inside corner of the T. Where it's at is going to be a real PITA to replace teh fitting, is there anyway to repair the small leak without replacing the fitting? I think probably no but figured it's worth asking.
     
  2. No Rush

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  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you used those? I always wondered & worried about o-rings failing,
    which is why I went to 90s or 45s. I have seen pinholes "fixed" with a screw,
    a ton of glue & electrical tape: never saw one that worked.
     
  4. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    JB Weld FTW
     
  5. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I considered a screw but didn't want to jerry-rig it and didn't really think it'd work anyway.

    Where it's at, there are 2 valves placed so closely together that the T and L are touching each other so a slip fix isn't going to work either. I think I'm going to just have to cut it out and do it right, I just thought I'd see if there might be something that could be injected into a hole that I didn't know about.
     
  6. Sorry man. I feel your pain.
     
  7. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There is no o-rings with kwik-repair. All glued. Think of a stopless coupler for copper pipe. Better yet, click on that link and take a look.
     
  8. Mike Leary

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    There was a product, never used it...like fiberglass tape that could be wrapped around
    the leak, water-activated..sorry, can't remember where I saw it, some speciality supply
    catalog that sold plumbing supplies.
     
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I did, looked pretty neat, thanks.
     
  10. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Had to use one on a PVC line once (mostly poly around here except for commercial) - sidewalk repair guys used a 10-foot wide bucket to dig a 3 foot wide sidewalk!!! They broke the 2" PVC mainline in the grass area 4 feet from the sidewalk. Anyway that "slip" feature sure makes it easy to repair solid pipe like PVC without digging 9 feet on either side.
     

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