Hill Billy Slip Fix

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by reb12, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. reb12

    reb12 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Florida
    Posts: 92

    How many of you guys are using this method of pipe repair vs. a slip fix or compression fitting? I'm talking main lines. For those of you not familiar with the term, it is using the bell end of a stick of pipe with a coupling in liew of a slip fix or compression fitting.
  2. huntnfish21

    huntnfish21 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 12

    Did it that way today. Kinda of hard when the main is 4 feet in ground.
  3. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    Do it right the first time. A bell end and a coupling is not. Seems like a band-aid fix to me.

    I use 4 90s on most all my reapirs.
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    If you've got pressure problems, 45 your way around...slip fix work up to
    80 psi.but do it right on mainline...go solid. Excavate as much as possible
    to make the connection....if you get the quarter
    turn on both ends at the same time, then you deserve the big bucks.:)
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    A bell end and coupling, properly installed, is better than a slipfix.

    4 90's is the best way to go though :)
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Ditto. Done right there is no better fix.
  7. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    3/4" up to 1.5" i usually use the bell end method. never had a problem, just give the glue plenty of time to dry
  8. eagle irrigation

    eagle irrigation LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Bell end and a coupler. If not straight, 2 90s and 2 street 90s. I always feel guilty when I use a slip fix, it feels like cheating.
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    I used a slip-fix once, (the "good" one with dual O rings) & it leaked at 80 psi;
    never again.:nono:
  10. ditto and four 90's are cheaper....

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