Broken tee fitting in lawn sprinkler

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Old 12-08-18, 12:17 PM
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Broken tee fitting in lawn sprinkler

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How would you fix broken lawn sprinkler tee fitting?

 

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Remove the broken one and replace with a new one.
 
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Originally Posted by PJmax
Remove the broken one and replace with a new one.
Thanks, but if I remove broken one, I'm cutting out pipe, inside it that it's attached to, so how do I attach new one?
 
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This will help

https://www.lowes.com/pd/LASCO-3-4-i...ing/1000048909

Orbit also makes a glue in one.

Plus some extra digging....

This if you don't want to dig as much

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Homewerks-W...pling/50160517
 
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Cut across the fittings with a hacksaw to score them. Use a screwdriver to peel the fitting off the pipe.
 
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Originally Posted by Tumble
This will help

https://www.lowes.com/pd/LASCO-3-4-i...ing/1000048909

Orbit also makes a glue in one.

Plus some extra digging....

This if you don't want to dig as much

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Homewerks-W...pling/50160517

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Thanks!
That Homeworks Coupling is available, locally...Then I can attach a new tee.
 

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Originally Posted by PJmax
Cut across the fittings with a hacksaw to score them. Use a screwdriver to peel the fitting off the pipe.
Thanks!
I believe, the fitting is glued to the pipe, so I'd need to unglue somehow, but This Old House says: "Nothing will dissolve the solvent between the pieces of PVC. The easiest solution is to cut out the problem joint and replace it with a new fitting, joined to the old pipe with a coupling....".
 
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You dont un-glue anything, you cut it out and use a new tee, some pipe and some couplings to replace the broken fitting!

Will need to dig the pipes up a couple feet so that you have enough flexibility to make the new connections!
 
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Originally Posted by Marq1
You dont un-glue anything, you cut it out and use a new tee, some pipe and some couplings to replace the broken fitting!

Will need to dig the pipes up a couple feet so that you have enough flexibility to make the new connections!
Thanks!
Yeah, that sounds similar, to what Tumble and TOH are suggesting.
 
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Anyone have experience using pvc compression fittings, on lawn sprinkler, like this tee?
Wondering, how well they hold up, long-term?

 
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I've got one (just the splice kind, not a T) above ground and it's held for 7 years so far. Had to use it due to space limitations.

Yours is low pressure and not constantly on so it would work but...

On your repair, you're going to have to wind up digging back and gluing couplings on anyways not sure why you would use two methods in one repair...to each their own.

The flex pipe repair would be best as your T doesn't line up with each leg which probably contributed with that break, the flex pipe will accommodate that offset. HD carry's the orbit ones.

Be careful with the Homeworks repair as any side flex to it can contribute to the inner gasket not sealing perfectly.
 
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Originally Posted by Tumble
​​...On your repair, you're going to have to wind up digging back and gluing couplings on anyways not sure why you would use two methods in one repair...to each their own.

The flex pipe repair would be best as your T doesn't line up with each leg which probably contributed with that break, the flex pipe will accommodate that offset. HD carry's the orbit ones.

Be careful with the Homeworks repair as any side flex to it can contribute to the inner gasket not sealing perfectly.
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Donít want to use two methods but saw video (see link below) and thought compression T might be a viable option.

That said, I see what youíre saying, about flex pipe repair being best, for me, as T not lining up with each leg does look like it contributed to break, and flex pipe will accommodate offset. 👍

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y27e94monsE
 

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OK, here's my plan, to prime & glue a flex pipe repair...Correct me, if wrong:

Cut existing piping
-Far enough away, from broken side of T, to fit flex pipe, so it lines up properly with existing piping, to fit new T.
-Close to existing T, on 2 other sides.

Piping & fittings needed:
-New T
-Flex pipe & small piece of piping, to attach to 1 side of new T.
-2 couplings & 2 small pieces of piping, to attach 2 other sides, to new T, because I think cut existing piping will be too short, to attach new T, properly.
 
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When you state "flex pipe" what are you referring too?

Should just be using a tee, some pipe and some couplings! Forget the compression fittings, make it permanent, cheap and done right the first time!
 
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Originally Posted by Marq1
When you state "flex pipe" what are you referring too?

Should just be using a tee, some pipe and some couplings! Forget the compression fittings, make it permanent, cheap and done right the first time!
Thanks!
When I state "flex pipe", Iím referring to this PVC Slip Flexible Repair Coupling...
 
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After gluing in repair, how long do I have to wait, before running lawn sprinkler?
 
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I would wait at least 15 minutes but a couple hours would be better.
 
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Thanks!
After sunset, so Iíll test in morning.
 
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No leaks...
Mission accomplished...
Thanks, to all, appreciate yaí!
 
 

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