Look What I Uncovered -

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jerryrwm, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I thought I would post these pics of a leak that we went out to fix.a while back.
    It was on a Park Strip and they said we have a leak in the irrigation system. This is what we uncovered.

    There are two Weathermatic 2" valves, and the piping is 2" Mainline and laterals.

    See if you can count the fittings the last nimrod used to plumb this thing in. There are 15 - 2" elbows and 3 - 2" tees (One is actually used as a coupling - see tee with the cap on it.)

    Where was the leak? At the bottom tee on the upstream side of the valves. The ground had shifted apparently and since Mr. Nimrod had not used proper cementing techinques, it came apart. No break, just slipped out.

    This was about 10 Mn Hrs to fix. (Well 15 if you count all the time I spent running this thing around to the supply houses showing off my trophy!) I even posted a picture of it in the supply house offering a $25.00 reward to anyone who would own up to doing it. No takers!

    I have always said that dirt covers a multitude of sins and this is a good example. There have been others onthis same property but this one was unique. I just wondered how big that doobie was that he smoked before doing the work!!

    Anyone else have some goodies that have made you scratch your head in amazement?

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  2. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is the hole as we are getting closer.

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  3. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is after we got it dug out. Picture is from either side of the hole.

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  4. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One more of the hole and me at the supply house. Looks like a trohpy deer rack doesn't it?

    Post your pics if you have 'em.

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  5. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    could you tell if the joint had bottomed out in the fitting? ive seen a few instances where joints have not completely been pushed together and have later blown out....
     
  6. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks like an entry to a RUBE GOLDBERG contest!


    Mike
     
  7. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The fitting had been cemented all the way in, but there was no sign of any type of primer, cleaner, and damn little cement. It was just a poor job of repair that finally gave way after a couple years. I am surprised that they got it to hold as long as it did.

    That fact is the reason that I use Christy's Red Hot on most repairs, and Wet-or-Dry as my standard cement. Don't carry any clear cement on the truck. Might cost a little more, but I don't have near as many problems with repairs blowing out as some of the other folks.

    Jerry R
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    One of my supply houses here (Ewing) has the mother of all manifolds. I will try to get a picture sometime.

    Here are a couple pics of a manifold "repair" that I had to take care of. Some kind of "liquid PVC?" poured all around the manifold tee to repair a leak.

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  9. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    One more. Was probably a homeowner special. Not sure how long it had been like this. This homeowner hadn't done it.

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  10. what about this one:

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