Saturday, April 13, 2013

shoveldowsing

last summer we found a water leak in a buried line supplying outside faucets. the supply line for these faucets branches off the main pipe to the house, so turning off the water to stop the leak also stopped water from getting to the house. divining where the pipe might go i dug up the next in line outside faucet and found the other end of the leaky pipe. alas, i had to cut the pipe to cap it so we could have water in the house. i should add that the leak was in a copper fitting. when someone put in the outside faucets and ran a line under where a driveway would go, they changed from pvc to copper. i don't fix copper without an air pressure test because it is very hard to fix a leak after there has been water in the line. a lesson learned the hard way. so i needed to be able to turn off the outside water system and still have water to the house. and to do that i had to locate a buried pvc pipe. i had a place to start where i dug enuf to find the pipe next to an outlet. i could see the direction the pipe headed. so i dug a bit further. uh oh. it's curving.
 
the white things are bits of pvc pipe showing the arc of the buried pipe, determined by digging holes where i guessed i would find it. i installed a valve, repaired the copper line, tested it, and restored water to our outside faucets.

9 comments:

  1. Expecting it would be useful to know where the lines are, for the cheesy irrigation system we inherited when I bought this house, I have taken pictures every time I've had to dig to repair a leak. Of course, I've lost the photos. Bah!

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  2. i have pictures of all the intersections i have uncovered and the pipes leading away. digital on the computer. i should print them and put them with other house papers. thanks for the reminder.

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  3. creating the photo map will definitely be a timesaver later! this post reminds me of last summer's project, when we had 2 leaks in our irrigation system in different areas at the same time. such a huge amount of digging was required to locate and then repair. ours were due to the roots of large conifers squeezing the life out of the pipes, literally. choked them into broken pieces.

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  4. good sleuthing and repair work!

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  5. Can you bring water to my cabin now?

    Also, extra points for "enuf"!!!!

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  6. I wish I had kept better records (or any records at all) when I laid the pipe from our well to our house. I know "generally" where the line is and "generally" how deep, but right now I would like to know "exactly." I think a carefully wielded shovel is going to be involved in finding out "exactly" where and how deep it is.

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  7. I was able to find good info from your blog posts.

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  8. John's idea would be really helpful when you have to dig the pipes again come another water leak. Taking pictures of how the pipes were aligned will save you from hitting the pipe when you dig, saving you from a lot of trouble consequently. And aside from that, I also learned something about plumbing from your post. Thank you! Darryl Iorio

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