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Old September 10th, 2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default Busted irrigation pipe - when to fix?

Question for any irrigation guys - when is the best time to fix a broken line? (Apparently post hole diggers put holes in irrigation systems in addition to the ground) Right now I have the zone turned off, and I don't care if that particular zone isn't watered for the rest of the fall. Is it best to repair and/or modify a lines after the system has been blown in the fall?

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Old September 10th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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just fix it now
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it takes about 15 minutes to fix it.

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Old September 10th, 2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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So it doesn't matter if the water is in the lines? That was the gist of my question, didn't want it to carry dirt down the line and mess up heads.
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So it doesn't matter if the water is in the lines? That was the gist of my question, didn't want it to carry dirt down the line and mess up heads.


I would personally dig around the break. kick the zone on for a second to flush the dirt out of the line side of the hose, hook it up and run it.

all of your heads should have a built in filter... You won't mess them up.


I'm confused about you saying water in the lines.. You will probably end up using two couplings and four hose clamps.. water won't make the fix hard.
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Cool, thanks. I don't know a lot about these systems, I didn't know if water sat in the lines when the zone is off. That's what I meant, versus waiting to have it blown out in the fall when they'd be dry for sure. I'll just fix it now.
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Fix it now so you don't get a bunch if crap in the lines. Do you have any hog ring pliers? Shoot me a pm with the line size and I will send you the correct clamps and fittings for the job so you don't get raped buying low quantity stuff
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Fix it now so you don't get a bunch if crap in the lines. Do you have any hog ring pliers? Shoot me a pm with the line size and I will send you the correct clamps and fittings for the job so you don't get raped buying low quantity stuff
I've broken, added on, and spliced a ton of lines, I've always used stainless hose clamps and plastic insert couplings. Am I doing something wrong?

Couplings are $1.59, and the hose clamps are $.79...
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Well his screen name is hosejockey. Seems legit.
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hoser is correct
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The best time to fix your sprinkler is when it's broken.
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how about mid february when the temp is approx -10F
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I've broken, added on, and spliced a ton of lines, I've always used stainless hose clamps and plastic insert couplings. Am I doing something wrong?

Couplings are $1.59, and the hose clamps are $.79...
the correct way is to heat the pipe jam the coupler in there and then use a clamp like this.






maybe hog rings pliers isnt the correct name for the tool but thats what we call them.
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Fix it now so you don't get a bunch if crap in the lines. Do you have any hog ring pliers? Shoot me a pm with the line size and I will send you the correct clamps and fittings for the job so you don't get raped buying low quantity stuff
Thank you sir, PM will be incoming after I can get home to measure the pipe. I appreciate it.
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Yep, those clamps are what we always used, although never heated the pipes, just shoved the barbed fitting in, sometimes with a plastic mallet to help it.

You would also be fine with good quality stainless worm drive hose clamps. Couple bucks worth of parts.
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you would be surprised how much a lil bit of heat on those lines makes the job easier. i think a 84 yr old woman could do it
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Oeitiker clamps. Heating the pipe sure saves the tennis elbow. Hose clamps work fine too.
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