I’ve fallen of the blog wagon. It’s been two months since I last posted and I’ve been trying to figure out how to catch up. Best solution seems to be start with something current and sprinkle in the past.
Five days ago, I noticed a wet spot near one of our RV sites. Wet spots are not a good sign unless there was a recent rain or a camper washed the front end of their RV. Neither of these scenarios applied to this wet spot. Over the past several days this wet spot grew from about 12″ in diameter to about 10 feet in diameter. Yesterday, we dug into the wet spot and found what a cavity that was full of water. We drained the cavity and hoped for the best. The cavity quickly filled with water. Time to dig a deep hole to figure out why there is water here.
My work bud, David, is experienced in running the back-hoe while I am experienced in getting into the hole to fix the leak.
On the left is a PVC coated steel pipe – on the right is a standard PVC pipe. The two pipes were connected with a coupling that is not supposed to leak. In this case, the coupling leaked. We figured this happened because the PVC flexed while the steel pipe did not. A better solution would be to have solid connection between the two pipes. We also included a short piece of flex line so the PVC could flex under ground and not break the connection to the steel pipe.
Once everything was glued and the glue had a chance to set up, it was time to turn on the water and test our fix. We were fortunate to find a water cutoff valve about 3 feet away from the leak. I gently turned on the water valve to pressure up the line. Within a minute, the connection between the PVC and valve came apart.
From the looks of this, it appears the glue did not chemically weld the pipe into the fitting. After replacing the fitting on the cutoff valve, we were able to get a secure connection.So here is what the weakest link looks like. This is called a Mueller Coupling and is easy to find at Lowe’s or Home Depot. While it can be used to connect PVC and Steel pipe, I do not recommend this because it is prone to leaks.
Well, there you have it. My most recent project. This is the fourth water leak I’ve fixed since we’ve been here. We are off for the next couple of days so I think we may finish our Christmas shopping and do a little sight seeing. Thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now.