I produced this irrigation mend method out of desperation. A sprinkler head experienced introduced by itself out of the ground correct beside me one particular day and landed in a potted plant. The resulting geyser was magnificent, but the locale was awful!
The region around this certain sprinkler head was surrounded in paving stone and brick, and even worse, correct up towards a fence. To make points more difficult, I experienced installed a french-drain only a foot away! The riser’s nipple was missing. Absolutely sure plenty of, a substitute stand-pipe wouldn’t even get started to screw in! Of course, the damaged off aspect of the nipple was caught in the t-connector – deep underground! Before I produced this method, I would have experienced to dig lateral trenches about 2′ extensive on each facet of the connector, reduce the source traces off each end of the connector, included a sleeve and spacer, then glued in a substitute t-connector. Not this time! There was far too a lot involved in digging this connector out of the ground!
I have a distinctive objective device I would bought from The House Depot just for this trouble. It really is the PVC variant of an “uncomplicated-out.” Sad to say, it wouldn’t operate! I couldn’t get plenty of pressure (the connector was buried just about the extractor’s complete duration), and I kept scraping my knuckles towards a fence put up. The stand-pipe wasn’t PVC, it was vinyl. It was so slick, the knife edges of the extractor wouldn’t bite into the inside of edge.
But vinyl melts! I have a 1200 watt heat gun I would bought for paint stripping. The extractor’s tip is metal and by utilizing this heat gun, I received the extractor’s tip incredibly hot. Authentic incredibly hot. Sizzling incredibly hot! By pushing the extractor straight down the hole, it carefully melted into the damaged off nipple – deep underground! I allow it set and interesting for a several minuets ahead of supplying it a twist. Two seconds later on, the damaged off nipple was extracted!
After screwing in a substitute riser, I cycled the irrigation pump to that zone to rinse out all of the dust that experienced fallen into the connector. I put a new sprinkler head on the substitute riser, and guess what? That irrigation mend was done. Not only done, I did not have to dig one particular spade of dust!
The trick was heating up the extractor’s tip incredibly hot plenty of to soften into the damaged off vinyl nipple to get a grip.
A several months later on, I experienced a diverse trouble. I experienced mounted new window boxes together one particular facet wall of my household and required to use my in-ground irrigation procedure to h2o the new flowers. I experienced a capped off riser correct where I have to have to position a 4′ riser. Sad to say, this was an outdated steel riser that I would bumped into numerous moments with the mower, and when I eradicated the pipe it left the t-connector’s threads stripped and choked with rust-scale! Contrary to most of my irrigation mend jobs, this line is really shallow. Shallow plenty of for me to scrape away the best to truly see the injury.
There wasn’t everything I could do to thread the new riser into position, I was going to have to change the t-connector – or perhaps not. I have a really entire store and I have metal doing work instruments to tap holes for screw threads, or reduce outside the house threads for bolts. Considering that I experienced to go to The House Depot or Lowe’s anyway for a substitute t-connector, why not see if they experienced a device for pipe threads?
The personnel at Lowe’s laughed when I asked them for a device to reduce internal 1/2″ pipe thread for an underground PVC t-connector! Their only suggestions was to dig it up and change it. No Way! The personnel at The House Depot did not snicker out loud, but they also suggested substitute fittings.
I did buy the fittings, but I also discovered the great device – an 18″ duration of 1/2″ steel pipe! After once again, the 1200 watt heat gun came to the rescue. By heating the pipe end, the thread part, I was in a position to plunge it into the buried t-connector. It sizzled as it sank in and I immediately labored it in deeper as I screwed it into position. Without the need of permitting it sit, I unscrewed the steel pipe to reduce it from welding into position. I recurring this operation numerous moments till all of the pipe’s threaded part was within just the t-connector’s nipple.
Guess what? The new substitute 4′ PVC riser threaded by itself correct in! By utilizing heat, pressure, and steel threads, I was in a position to partly soften the underground t-connector and reduce new threads. Not a spade complete of dust was dug up for this irrigation mend!
Considering that then, I’ve served neighbors with their irrigation mend jobs that left them amazed – “you can basically reduce new threads underground without the need of possessing to dig” – Wow, thanks Bill, actual huge thanks!
Not all irrigation repairs can use this method. Let us deal with it, if the t-connector’s nipple or connecting pipes crack or break, you will have to dig. But attempt this tip initial and see if it performs. You can know within just minuets if there is certainly a much more critical trouble. You can get damp standing there, but you can expect to immediately see upwelling around the sprinkler head in operation if there is certainly a damaged pipe or cracked nipple. Oh nicely, at least you gave it a attempt!
I’ve experienced this cheap $20 heat gun for much more than twenty a long time. Not only does it do a great job lifting paint, I’ve utilized it for boat electrical repairs (heat-shrink tubing), eradicating self-adhesive vinyl tile, call paper, and sanding disks, and even starting fires in my charcoal pit. This is NOT a hair dryer – retain protected, retain it away from you at all moments!
In summary, I was in a position to use my cheap heat gun and much less expensive steel pipe to implement plenty of heat and pressure to re-mould stripped out internal threads, and plenty of uncooked heat to allow another tool’s edges reduce into materials that without the need of that device, would have essential digging plenty of dust for these straightforward irrigation mend jobs!