SNAFU's

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by agrostis, May 4, 2013.

  1. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    There had been a wet spot beside a putting green for year's, it finally got big enough to be a real problem and needed to be fixed. I took a probe to get an idea of what i had to do and i kept hitting something solid and it wasn't pipe. I started to dig this thing by hand. After a whole day, i had a trench 10 feet long, 4 feet deep and 2 feet wide and all i had uncovered was a concrete blob. At this point i brought in the backhoe. This is highly unusual, i never dig up irrigation leak's with machinery like that, it cause's way too much damage. By the time we had this thing exposed, there was a gigantic hole and we used 35 4' x 8' sheet's of plywood as a base for this mountain of soil. A assistant who had been there forever told me that year's earlier, when they thought they had this problem fixed, they brought in a concrete mixer truck with a yard of concrete and poured it on top of the pipe. This thrust block (i use that term loosely, but technically that's what it was) was so heavy that the backhoe couldn't pull it out of the hole. We had to dig the hole deeper and drop this blob below where the new pipe ran. In the end i used three 80 Lb. bag's of quik-crete for a new thrust block. This turned out to be a major ordeal. See the illustration.

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  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    The statute of limitations on stupidity appears to have expired on this one, so here goes.

    I am hanging a controller on a masonry wall in a garage, and am happy to put my recently-acquired Remington powder-actuated setting tool to work affixing a threaded stud to the wall. I load 'er up and position the Remington, and pull the trigger.

    * Poomp!! *

    No threaded stud.

    No masonry wall.

    It's a construction I've never seen before.

    Indoor stucco.

    `

    Lucky for me, I didn't blow the threaded stud through the interior wall. :waving:
     
  3. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's hilarious. I've never seen stucco used indoor's either, i'll bet some cheap-ass contractor didn't have enough drywall and cut some corner's. Have you heard about the problem's caused by synthetic stucco? Now that was a true and (at least in NC) expensive SNAFU.
     
  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    This story has more to do with drainage than irrigation but it is pretty dramatic and deserve's to be retold.

    In the early 90's we had a major rain event that put down about 10" in three hour's. After the storm, there were a bunch of little kid's playing in a big puddle caused by a curbside storm water drainage basin. A six year old boy got sucked down this storm drain and went under the street, down a hill and across one of the holes on the golf course. He got popped out into a retention pond. He only had bruise's and small cut's, he was real lucky. I couldn't believe it turned out so well. The small picture is of the kind of storm drain he went into and the drawing is just to give you a overall impression of the situation. The left side of the drawing is about 100' higher than were the pond is located.

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  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sweet! "Whad you do today Joey?"

    "Got sucked into a storm drain and wound up in the retention pond"

    Some people have all the luck.
     
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like The Goonies.
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I remember wishing they'd design those grates so a ball couldn't roll into them. :(
     

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