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(Almost) Shocking Repair

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Sprinkus, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Had to repair a mainline leak a few days ago.
    There was a rock under the main that was in the way so I had my helper grab a rock bar to break it loose.
    Come to find out the "rock" was part of a very shallow duct bank.
    Luckily my helper didn't jam the rock bar right into the high voltage line that was just below the main! :eek:
    The funky pipe angle repair is just par for the course 'round here. Anybody can operate a machine but not everybody is a true machine operator who can dig a ditch that compensates for odd angles. :rolleyes:



  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,872

    Glad your helper didnt freakin die

    Is that 2" Main?

    I was looking at the repair. At first I was wondering why you didn't just use 2 90's. But a second look shows it would have to be 3 or 4 90's . Or in your case 2 90's and 1 45.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011

    Messages: 18,668

    Trying to figure the repair order. I'm guessing you started at the first ell and ended at the tee. Slip fix was the last glue. Somewhere you did a double glue and shift to get your angles right.
  4. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    How far down is that electrical?
  5. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Main was 1-1/2".
    Repair order was the 90's first, then the 45, then the tee, then the slip-fix. I test fitted the 90's and 45 first to get the proper angle before gluing.
    The electrical line is only about 14" deep.

    Couple more pics:


  6. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,861

    14" in conduit? Code only requires 12" in conduit, 18" without.

    I see a lot of 120V UF, not in conduit, 6" below grade. That always scares the crap out of me.
  7. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,437

    You mean that's not to code?

    I see it like that more often than not. Last year my guy was using a all steel spade and got a little jingle from a romex that was about 8".
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  8. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    Round here it's:

    - direct burial: two feet
    - in rigid nonmetallic conduit (PVC): eighteen inches

    no EMT
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,749

    Those are scary pics, up north one foot separation is code and the inspectors want to see it.
  10. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,861

    How do you cross electric and still maintain a foot of separation?

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