Why is poly pipe so bad????

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by CRUZMISL, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. CRUZMISL

    CRUZMISL LawnSite Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 186

    I see everyone suggesting PVC for irrigation. Why is poly taboo? My system has poly but that was before I met you guys :) Seriously though, most contractors, if not all in my area, use poly.

    Thanks,
    Joe
     
  2. packmate81

    packmate81 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    99% of what we install is poly.....faster and easier than pvc....

    Larger commercial and golf cousre stuff we do in pvc.. but that just because of the psi rating
     
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Not a thing wrong with poly, for residential and light commercial under 1 1/2". It's commonly used and easier to repair.
     
  4. UNISCAPER

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,426

    I only wish we could use a vibratory plow and poly pipe. The soil is so hard, and so filled with shale and rock that a plow and poly pipe would be slower than a trencher or backhoe. Thus, we use PVC.
     
  5. farmer_lab

    farmer_lab LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 28


    GO POLY!!
     
  6. Rotor-Man

    Rotor-Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    Use nothing but poly pipe here, except for the mainline which I build with pvc. There is nothing wrong with poly pipe and is the only way to go with pulling it in with a vibatory plow. Seems different areas have different prefences and different soil conditions, if you used a trencher in my area and left the established yard a mass of stripes when you were done, you would be done and very lonely!!
     
  7. Green Sweep

    Green Sweep LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts: 322

    For some reason here in Pittsburgh, Poly is not used. Out of hundreds of systems that I service, I may have 2 or 3 Poly systems.
     
  8. jphag

    jphag LawnSite Member
    Posts: 219

    Theres nothing wrong with poly. Poly is a lot stronger than pvc when it comes to frezzing under ground. It isn't as brittel like pvc can be.

    John
     
  9. kobisk

    kobisk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Either is fine.
    We use PVC and pull it in with a vibratory plow, and it seems to have worked well for us the past 5 years.

    Kris
     

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