Damn Old Fart

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by PurpHaze, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Started last part of micro-spray conversion in front of a kindergarten building today. This is an area that we cut the drip away from the office planters. Set a new valve to handle it as a completely new zone. The guys that designed and installed the original system 15 years ago were kind enough to leave us plenty of extra wire for this task. (Breaking arm patting self on back.) Only problem encountered was the old fart (me) trying to cautiously dig around a tree root in order to cut it out of the way with loppers when he hit the 2" main line spur with the pointiest part of the trenching shovel. Boy did I get a bath! :laugh:

    Monday is a non-school attendance day so we're hoping to finish up then. Depends on whether we start breaking out concrete on a main line repair at another site. :)

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  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Geeeze Purp that was just a little root, Looks to me by the shovel marks on that pipe you were not being very gentle in your digging so that excuse won't fly with me baybeeee!
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Love those close-ups! Sharp tools do less damage than dulls. Pat on back
    deserved getting spare wire in.
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Maybe a little root She but the ground here was exceedingly compacted. Ground near school buildings requires a 98% compaction rate. :)

    UGH! Me Tarzan... You Jane. :laugh:
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually... the trenching shovel I hit it with is only about three weeks old and still has a very sharp point. The pipe was 2" CL 200 so it doesn't hold up as well to impact as SCH 40 does. No big loss as we had to cut it out anyway in order to extend it and install the new 1-1/2" valve. Other than getting soaked the break did us some good. The BF is quite a ways back on the other side of the site and with my bad knee I really didn't go very fast. The amount of water and the hole in the soil it blew away actually helped in the digging effort. :laugh:

    I never install wiring without extra going into the trench. :)
  6. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know you did that on purpose because it was just to darn hot for working, Right!

    Oh, you got to love that class 200 pipe.
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    The temperature was a redeeming value. :)

    Shatter resistance is one of its weaknesses but this is a rarity for us. Just a combination of things worked wrong. :laugh:
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Class 200 shatters if you sneeze.
  9. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Really? Better tell those golf course guys to quit using SDR-21. Never had a problem with SDR-21 in over 25 yrs. You poke pipe with a sharp end of a shovel, shooter or pick, and it will eventually break. A little common sense when digging goes a long ways in preventing extra work when doing repairs. Others may get different results.
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm a 25 yr. guy too...in our "no soil" topography in the NW, I've repaired
    waay too much class & had people slam into sch & bounce!

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