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Starting Member

Posts: 1

Location: USA


Tuesday, June 19th 2007, 4:46pm

Repairing pipe already covered in connectors

I have an older sprinkler system, which normally works well. It appears to have been put together by some folks who had only small lengths of pipe, or by someone who hoped the house owner would have to keep calling them back to do the repairs rather than doing them themselves. I have no room to work with between 1" connectors, so I cannot cut without opening up a very large hole in my yard and replacing 15-20 feet of pipe. Unfortunately this same area includes several valves which are emplaced on parrallels, and all of it glued together. I would have to replace ALL of the valves also. My first repair with an epoxy I was told would work made for a bigger break than I started with. My next attempt was with a radiator hose whose internal diameter was the same as the outer diameter of the 1" connector. I used hose clamps and they held famously, but the radiator hose burst under the system pressure! More than a radiator, huh? I see this stuff called "funny pipe', but it is of very small diameter. What is there that I can use to effect repairs such as these (this is my second) without digging up my whole yard an replacing all those expensive valves and pipe?

I appreciate your help.

Clay Edwards


Advanced Member

Posts: 158

Location: FT. Walton Beach, Florida


Tuesday, June 19th 2007, 4:53pm

Standard PVC and a quick-fix coupling (aka flo-span coupling) link for reference ( )
Effectively the coupling will allow you to cut out a section and replace the affected area, then you would just stretch the coupling (extend) and glue in the other. Basically saves you from digging up your back yard.
Irrigation /Landscape Lighting / Pump and Well Specialist


Saturday, July 26th 2008, 3:45am

In the long run, it just doesn't make sense. The only cost effective solution is to do the repairs as if you were installing it new. May as well get a warranty this time. If it leaks today and you put glue on anything eventually you will have leak after leak. The structural integrety is compromised. Granted the glue will hold if you just can't afford it but it will cause you problems in the long run. Glue is a bandaid not a cure.

This is just my opinion and seen in the hoa i live in.

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