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The last 7 posts

Wednesday, July 27th 2011, 9:10pm

by Mitchgo

Here in seattle. During the winter time I'll heat funny pipe for a quick second. I got some strong ass hands- but man in 40 degree weather and doing an install funny pipe is hard as hell

Wednesday, July 27th 2011, 8:08am

by Matt Dildy

you guys heat funny pipe around barbed fittings!!!!!?????? what the hell???? never have seen, heard of, rumored about or personally heated funny pipe although i have seen ol' school irrigators insist on putting hose clamps on them (why i dont know). here in texas the only heating we do is to lay our rolls of pipe out on the sidewalk or driveway first thing in the morning so they are alittle more pliable by afternoon......heat funny pipe???? hummmm new one on me. BTW love Hunter Flexsg pipe, you cant kink the damn stuff, extremely pliable even when cold and has thas roughed up exterior for better grip.

Monday, July 25th 2011, 5:16pm

by Central Irrigation

Some people will use a torch or lighter to "soften" the funny pipe in order to make it easier to slip over the funny pipe fitting. DO NOT heat the pipe! The pipe and fittings are designed correctly without the use of clamps or heat.



If the drip concerns you, you could attempt to push the pipe on farther or add a screw clamp.

Monday, July 25th 2011, 12:34pm

by aswilburn

If I understand correctly,where the funny pipe goes on the elbow at the bottom of the pgp, its leaking. Probably from to much heat which is easy to do.Only way to fix that would be to dig it up,cut it cleanly and apply only like 1 second of heat. According to the smarterst Irrigation guy in the world,hes got every certification in the world,teaches all the certifications,thats an absolute major PIA when we do jobs for him,because I dont think hes ever actually installed a damn thing. "Funny pipe manufacturers dont recommend using heat". Which im sure is true,but out of the 10,000 heads ive installed,and 50,000+ heads the company has installed. They only leak if you overheat the funny pipe to the point where it gets distorted as it goes over the barbs. Which of course professionals dont do,so it doesnt happen.

And you can just get a check valve online,or at a supply house. If the head is pretty old,It is best to just replace it while you have it apart to add the check valve.ALOTTTTTT of old heads will leak after you even touch them,not always but it happens all the time. If you can get the guts out of the head by just unscrewing the top part of the head,while keeping the body intact in the hole. Thats how you want to do it. You will most likely need pliers to hold the Body while you unscrew the guts. Somtimes you cant even do that,dirt gets in the threads,hard water deposits probably get in there,and they are extremely hard to get apart. $7-$10 for a new head is the way to go.


I just installed this system, and didn't use any heat, what type of heat do you mean?

Sunday, July 24th 2011, 12:12pm

by servicetechMA

If I understand correctly,where the funny pipe goes on the elbow at the bottom of the pgp, its leaking. Probably from to much heat which is easy to do.Only way to fix that would be to dig it up,cut it cleanly and apply only like 1 second of heat. According to the smarterst Irrigation guy in the world,hes got every certification in the world,teaches all the certifications,thats an absolute major PIA when we do jobs for him,because I dont think hes ever actually installed a damn thing. "Funny pipe manufacturers dont recommend using heat". Which im sure is true,but out of the 10,000 heads ive installed,and 50,000+ heads the company has installed. They only leak if you overheat the funny pipe to the point where it gets distorted as it goes over the barbs. Which of course professionals dont do,so it doesnt happen.

And you can just get a check valve online,or at a supply house. If the head is pretty old,It is best to just replace it while you have it apart to add the check valve.ALOTTTTTT of old heads will leak after you even touch them,not always but it happens all the time. If you can get the guts out of the head by just unscrewing the top part of the head,while keeping the body intact in the hole. Thats how you want to do it. You will most likely need pliers to hold the Body while you unscrew the guts. Somtimes you cant even do that,dirt gets in the threads,hard water deposits probably get in there,and they are extremely hard to get apart. $7-$10 for a new head is the way to go.

Sunday, July 24th 2011, 6:45am

by mrfixit

Yes you can get a pgp with a check valve.

Saturday, July 23rd 2011, 11:36pm

by aswilburn

Is it normal?

Water is leaking past the fittings for my sprinkler heads, where the funny pipe is pushed over the fitting, its not alot just a slow drip. I used blue stripe pipe funny pipe

Also, do they make a pgp sprinkler head with a check valve in it? I got a head that bubbles water for awhile after it's shut off, low spot in the circuit!