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Unions Vs. Slip-Fix for repair situations

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by RhettMan, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    Just my .02 cents but it seems like a slip fix is direct burial where as a union you would want in a box so it is accessible for any reason in the future.
  2. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Messages: 1,318

    I know some Swimming pool hacks that just heat up the pipe and stretch it haha, horrible idea.
  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,316

    As opposed to irrigation hacks?
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Or plumber hacks? Or lawnboy hacks?
  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,591

    I've used slip-fixes since the beginning. Never had a problem and they can save a lot of time. Using a union for a repair never crossed my mind. I think NIBCO was the first to come out with them and are my choice but Spears and the King Brothers (KBI) have come out with cheaper versions that the distributors like to stock.
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    love me some slip fix, use them all the time. however, I try to not use them if I can on a main, though I have many times. I have never had one fail, installed fully extended. I have found there is a great dif in overall length between dif brands, so I have extra short ones for those hard to fit and repair areas. spears I think, but cant remember which is which
  7. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,677

    I like using two unions to make a repair on PVC mainline, in fact I did it today to install a tee for extending the 2" main for more zones.

    By the way what the hell does you signature mean?
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  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    I just don't like unions much is all, but I can understand the appeal for sure.

    my sig, lol.

    pretty lame really.........I have a love for grass, and grass business is tough like love. it goes further than that but we wont go there. the other part, if you could read the sign on that shop toilet of ours, it says something stinks. so, I have a pic asking if you smell "sheet" for no reason other than I find it funny
  9. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    Just wondering how you're using four 45's?
  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,316

    The same way you use 4 - 90's. it just takes a little finess. :)
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