Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Replace Leaking Patio Water Pipe - Part 1 of 3 - Pipe Removal

Fig.1 Channel Locks
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Channel Locks 
Gunk Liquid Penetrating Spray
Straight Pipe Wrench
Liquid Wrench Spray Can 

Tyler Zowat lives in Perris, California. He had a new patio installed late last summer and he wanted to install a little privacy fence but his back yard plumbing was dripping water all over his new patio tiles. He purchased all his the plumbing parts from The Home Depot.

This post shows seventeen steps on how to move a rusted leaking galvanized twin water bibs away from the front door of Tyler's  new patio area. 

Step 1: Above right fig.1 shows the channel locks that will be used to take apart the old metal pipe system. Below fig.8 shows the crescent wrench - 8 inch that will be used to remove the water bibs from the water pipe.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the house water ball valve is turned on, the valve needs to be horizontal to turn off the water to the entire house and the backyard water pipes.
Fig.2 Water 
main ball valve 
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the reason why Tyler wanted the water system moved to another location. Even after replacing the old brass bib a year earlier the system still leaks. Water was dripping all over the entrance of his new patio. He wanted this fixed.
Fig.3 Leaking water bib
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the rusted galvanized twin water bibs located near the patio gate.
Fig.4 Old water bib system
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the main galvanized water pipes had a loose and damaged water bracket.
Fig.5 Loose 
water clamp

Step 6: Fig.6 shows the galvanized bolt, washer, nut and metal clamp used to hold the water pipe.
Fig.6 Clamp removed
Step 7: Fig.7 shows the right part of the twin bib water system.
Fig.7 Removal of 
water bib right side
Step 8: Fig.8 shows the Crescent Wrench that will be used to take apart the pipes.
Fig.8 Crescent wrench 8 inch

Step 9: Fig.9 shows the Crescent Wrench removing the good brass water bib.
Fig.9 Removal
Step 10: Fig.10 shows the water bibs have been removed. Noticed that water is dripping on both sides of the water pipe even though the main valve is turned off. This is a indicator that an additional water valve will need to be placed on the new pipe for future repairs.

Fig.10 Hose bibs removed
Step 11: Fig.11 shows the disassembling of the water pipes. Using a Pipe Wrench to pull apart the galvanized rusted nipple away from the rusted Tee.

Fig.11 Disassembly of right side
Step 12: Fig.12 shows the removal of the rusted Galvanized Iron 90-Degree Elbow.
Fig.12 Removal of left side
Step 13: Fig.13 shows only the rusted Tee left.

Fig.13 Only rusted tee left
Step 14: Fig.14 shows the removal of the rusted Tee and the top of the galvanized piping.

Fig.14 Removal of rusted tee
Step 15: Fig.15 shows a copper wire on the left side that was used to ground an aging satellite system now removed.

Fig.15 Aging galvanized
water pipe
Step 16: Fig.16 shows the Gunk Liquid Wrench spray used to penetrate the rusted galvanized fitting within the cement to remove the water pipe. View the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) are located here.
Fig.16 Gunk Liquid Wrench
Step 17: Fig.17 shows the disconnected galvanized pipe and the new schedule-40 union that will be used to assembled the new system.
Fig.17 The disassemble is finished

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