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Trick to unions?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by mitchgo, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Why do you need to see both ends? You can figure it out blind as long as you have a fingernail.
  2. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I can understand the op's question/concern. It's not always evident knowing initially which side the female connector is screwed on once unearthed.
  3. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,097

    Hey what do you know, I agree with you. Unless these guys are seeing some weird kind of union I can't figure why it would take longer than a few seconds to figure out.
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  4. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    The trick to unions is, they work really slow and take lots of breaks so they can run the clock out to make double time.
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  5. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    lol. I'm surprised everyone seems so confused

    My worst one ever was trying to take out a 2" galvi union from under a dock on a air pumped up floatie boat being upside down trying to unscrew it while tons of waves from the lake was lifting me up and down a few feet.. However I had know clue which way was which

    I understand usually it just takes a few moments to realize your going the wrong way.. Just seeing if there was a trick to it..

    Kiril says a finger nail? in the dirt 2-3' down?
    I guess there are no tricks..

    I was dealing with 2 - 2" brass unions the other day and they were unscrewed opposite from each other.. Meaning when they were installed one was reversed from the other. Breaking loose a 15 year old 2" union is hard enough with out having to go the wrong way and tighten it
  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    just take an eye out and save the fingernail :rolleyes:
    i don't understand that you can do all of the locating, leak detection and repair work without having a mirror. i think that a mirror on a stick is essential.

    righty tighty, mitch, lefty loosey
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Now that would be cool. The all seeing eye. :laugh:
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,432

    you called.

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