|The big hole in my fence, most likely from a fat raccoon too lazy to climb it.|
- DRY FIT - before you rush ahead and glue stuff together and get it wrong, put all the parts together without glue and see if it works in the hole.
- Glue everything you can on "dry land" leaving only the connection to the water line to glue while you are in the hole.
|My pipe was snapped off - I think a deer must have kicked it pretty hard or tripped over it!|
|This is what it looks like after digging it out|
To fix this I needed 1-1/2 inch pipe - so here is what I got for supplies:
- 90 degree elbow
- 2 ft section of straight pipe (I only used about 18 inches of it - more for the spares bucket)
- Connector for the faucet that had one side to be glued to the pipe and the other threaded to take the brass faucet. (Test it in the store!)
- Faucet that fit into the threaded section of the pipe connection
- Teflon tape
- Small hacksaw (works good in the tight spots)
- PVC "blue" (waterproof) glue
|Supplies laid out on my garage floor|
|You need a small hacksaw like this to cut the PVC pipe - notice the warning message on the bottom right of the package. "Caution! Saw blades are sharp!"|
|The elbow connection is cut off - this is the pipe before it is cleaned.|
After you have dry-fitted the new parts and have made sure the length is correct and the position of the elbows are right, it is time to glue!
Using the sandpaper rough up the inside of the connecting joints and the outside of the straight pipe. Then working carefully and quickly, take some of the glue and put it around the outside of the straight pipe and the inside of the joint. Push the parts together and twist into the correct angle and position. You have to do this really fast because the glue dries in 30 seconds. Hold the parts there with some pressure for a minute and move on to the next connection. For this repair, I put it all together in the garage (below) - and used teflon tape on the threads before connecting the faucet to prevent leaking.
|All ready to go into the ground and hook up to the other pipe|
Step 4 - Attach the new section to the existing pipe
After getting the faucet assembly done, you need to connect the whole thing to the water pipe that is in the ground. After cleaning the pipe section, do a "dry-run" without the glue first to get the mechanics of how you are connecting the two sections together. Work quickly and glue the 2 ends of the pipe and push them together and hold for a minute.