poly basics

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by 5.0, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. 5.0

    5.0 LawnSite Member
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    We've been installing PVC systems for the last 8 years, but recently ran into a poly system in the field while doing repair work. Anyone know of a website or book my techs can go through to familiarize themselves with poly?
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    not a whole lot to know , cut it add a little heat double clamps on zone pipes , triple clamps on main lines.
  3. You poor soul. Running into poly would screw up my whole week.
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    You will likely melt a few pipe ends while you learn how much heat it takes to make the stuff work easy. A pushbutton propane torch is the common heat source. If the poly pipe gets shiny, you have overheated it.

    If it melts and catches fire, you have definitely overheated it.
  5. nylan8888

    nylan8888 LawnSite Member
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    I would just rip it out and reinstall properly with pvc. Obviously it was installed by trunk slammers, no real sprinkler guy would use poly.:cool2:
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Get her. :waving:
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    I dont beleive she said that!
  8. No trench through it and smile each time you see poly scraps coming to the surface.
  9. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What do you people have against poly?? Poly is your friend. It's flexible, easy to carry mass quantities of it and easy to work with. I think it's getting a bad rap here.

    And yes, real irrigators do use poly (without heat.......it separates us from the lawn cutters)
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    You PVC guys have obviously never dug up 60' of shattered 1.5 inch when it's the bottom pipe in a trench with 4 other pipes, 18" down. Makes you never want to see PVC again.

    Now tell me how to reschedule 1-2 other days of scheduled jobs when you pull up to that kind of repair and take care of it at that time.......

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