Running Wiring through Existing Water Distribution Pipes

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by anotherbrian, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was under the impression from his first post he was talking about running wire inside a live/active pipe, not an abandon pipe. Just so everyone is clear, running wire in an active pipe is NOT a good idea.
  2. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
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    It sounded that way to me too. I was pondering how one could pull that one off.

    I agree with Jim. Running in existing abandoned pipe beats a expander.

    Labeling as much as possible is mission critical.

    I am curious. I am pretty confident I live in the hardest to trench area around (actually 6" cobble is harder to trench which is what I hit up at Jim's). Why not trench? Running wire in water pipe is lame.
  3. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
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    Oh.... Silly me! Disregard my comment and carry on with your foolishness :)
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  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    As was I.

    Agreed ... just make sure that next time someone is digging and finds that water pipe that seems to do nothing, you don't blow through it with a shovel or trencher.
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    let's not compete for hard trenching soils argos, life is tough enough as it is. :) i would dread trenching in a tough area.

    kiril, i would like some advice from you concerning open ditch calcs. expect an email soon. :)
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    .......... Gotcha
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you had to actually run a wire through a pressurized waterpipe, you might have success with the compression fittings made for plastic conduit, although I doubt they've ever tested them for pressure.
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    7 weeks of digging and supporting, tomorrow i will start digging footings.

    even though we have some large and rocky soil, argos is in the land of granite



  9. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    At least you're only hitting small rocks that come out easily.
    Nice boot.
  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    i was born under a lucky star, what else can br said:laugh:

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