|Main irrigation PVC |
Supplies and Tools:
Gas/water shutoff (water turn off)
Hacksaw (cutting pipes)
PVC water pipe 3/4-inch
PVC elbow 3/4-inch
PVC threaded female union 3/4-inch
George Nu responded to my ad in the local newspaper about doing some sprinkler repair work. He said the pipe between the sprinkler valve and the hose bib was leaking. Not an easy job, but worth doing it to save leaking water.
This post shows the fourteen steps to repair the problem.
Step 1: Fig.1 shows the area was soaked with water and mud so this job would be challenging. The pipe that has the water hose and bib leads down to a 3/4 inch PVC pipe. Placing a waterproof tarp around the irrigation valves and using a combination pick/shovel, a hole was dug into the soil so the PVC pipe between the irrigation valve and the main water valve could be accessed.
|Fig.1 Irrigation and water |
bib area soaked from leak
|Fig.2 Street water turn off|
|Fig.3 Pipe leaks at union|
Step 4: Once the problem is isolated, the first step is to clean up all the pipes in the leak area. Use water from a water bucket and clean off the dirt from the pipes.
Step 5: Fig.4 shows the first pipe to be unscrewed from the copper pipe. The pipe is between the hose bib and the water main T-union.
|Fig.4 Removing hose bib|
|Fig.5 Using hacksaw to |
replace the union
|Fig.6 Cut other side|
|Fig.7 Pipe cut off|
|Fig.8 Water main |
|Fig.9 Gluing T pipe fitting|
Step 11: Fig.10 show that the PVC pipe is being prepared for insertion into the T-union.
|Fig.10 Gluing the pipe pieces|
Step 13: Fig.11 also shows the final assembly before turning on the water.
|Fig.11 Re-attach water bib|
|Fig.12 Irrigation |
water hose bib repaired
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