Windy fun with irrigation

On Thursday last I requested that “Shorty” the Landscape Engineer, investigate a persistently damp spot along the foundation perimeter, and with dispatch amidst the blowing of leaves he summoned the narrow entrenching tool and uncovering a layer of mud, proceeded to bring the issue to light.
pinhole paradise
In the dim light of the 8:AM dawn we discovered a split in the 30-year-odd old buried pipeline supplying the clear rocky mountain nectar to the flora. With due haste and acumen he retrieved a pair of half-inch couplings from his truck, a cutting device, and the goopy purple glue-mechanisms – whilst I found a piece of half-inch discarded pipe in the dark corridors of the long labyrinthine under-basement. A piece of pipe which was to be my own un-doing.
After some effort the joint was cut and re-spliced, and with a “Huzzah!” he and his associates climbed aboard their vehicle to attend to another client along their day’s journey of work.
And returning to the scene of the fountain-head I discovered a pin-hole leak…
In the days meanwhile we have been besieged with various real-estate issues, bills and invoices and forms pertaining to the former flatland abode that is now for-sale in the land of Google — but on our forays out into the dappled warm sunlight and autumn colors I managed to stop-in to a local supplier of irrigation equipment and gathered together a ten-foot length of pipe, some various fittings — including the heavenly reeking glue — along with the necessary cutting device. In the effort I also reclaimed my hidden-in-packing drill-powered evacuation pump, which aided our efforts to clear the murky water.
Meanwhile the pinhole of perdition continued to vent the holy (and expensive) fluid of the Gods. Until today.
re-glued and socketed
So far it’s holding, and I’ll bet nuggets to nougat that The Next One will appear soon…so I shall be stocking-up on couplings and elbows and more pipe. Labor around here is also astronomical, so I shall be paying myself instead. Also I’ll bet that more than a few spigot valves need new seats, so there’s that and grease and such to lay-in.
UPDATE: And now I have a narrow entrenching tool also.


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The semi-sprawling adventures of a culturally hegemonic former flat-lander and anti-idiotarian individualist, fleeing the toxic cultural smug emitted by self-satisfied lotus-eating low-land Tesla-driving floppy-hat wearing lizadroid-Leftbat Califorganic eco-tofuistas ~

5 thoughts on “Windy fun with irrigation

  1. Your narrow entrenching tool. I got one for the same reason and found it was good against Dandelions in the lawn, I could get the taproot really easily.

  2. There are several new ways to splice in a repair, so you don’t have to expose enough plastic pipe to bend to fit couplings, or build u-bends.
    Think there are actually three types. I’ve used one, so far. That was a flange joint with a threaded cover to pull it together. Need to be able to push the two pipes offset to get the two parts glued and lined up. You glue the short end first, wait til it sets up, then glue the long end, line them up, and pull them together before the second sets up.

    IIRC, all require some gap between parallel pipes, due to being much larger in diameter. They are available in a number of pipe sizes. They are cheap, and fairly easy to use.

    When the house was built, the idiot that installed all the plastic water and sewer lines did a lousy job of gluing. Looked to me as if he expected the glue to wick around the joints, like solder. Wrong! Thirty-some years later, the joints are popping apart. You can see the glue bond on just a small portion of the joint, maybe 1/4 of the diameter. The feed line joints have been working their way from the meter toward the house. At least two more to fail
    before it reaches the metal house connection.
    The double car wide driveway will need to be removed to access the sewer line, since it starts at one side, and hits the city connection on the other side. (appears the city set up their location in the center of the frontage, which seems both logical and stupid. Why do .gov actions tend to do both simultaneously, and so often?)

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