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Guess what caused this?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Irri-Light, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Irri-Light

    Irri-Light LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    This mainline was leaking. This is first time I've seen this happen.

  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,673

    lightning :eek:
  3. Either pipe imperfection or glue would be my guess.
  4. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    I'd guess paint thinner or some other kind of solvent that contractors tend to dump on site.
    I've also seen an electrician use a torch right next to a mainline, the results were hilarious.
    We recently had a pool guy dump muriatic acid on a guys brand new Zoysia grass. Killed about a 5 foot wide area.
    Oh yeah, nice boot shot.
  5. Lite Headed

    Lite Headed LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    Paint thinner! What you need to be aware of is that it can migrate down a fresh ditch line and blow out later up the ditch line. A real pain in the posterior!

    I once had a painter pour thinner in the stubbed up piece of pipe we ran under a new driveway....had to bore the driveway cause the pipe was toast!
  6. Irri-Light

    Irri-Light LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53


    Sprinkus and Lite Headed Win!!!!

    My customer had painters at the house this past fall. They must have dumped the excess thinner right there. It reeked of it. I dug it all out. I told her I wasn't going to put that old dirt back in there. She disposed of it. And she had her landscapers put fresh dirt back in the hole.

    The painters that did this were the same ones who paint at her restaurants too. She took pictures and will make sure they know what they did. She was not happy about it.
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,673

    paint thinner don't hurt poly pipe :)

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