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GeorgeT

12:25PM | 07/11/04
Member Since: 07/10/04
1 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
My main line 1-1/4" pvc pipe has separated about 3/16" out from the pvc coupling and is leaking a lot with pressure on. The main line can not be pushed back in & re-glued because it is in the ground. Can I temporarily repair this myself by using a rubber sleeve and C-clamps. I would slit the rubber sleeve length in order to wrap the leaking pipe and apply c-clamps at each end. Will this hold up to the 140psi pressure from the street? Or should I just call the plummber on Monday? Any and all advice accepted! Thanks for reading this!


tomh

02:26PM | 07/11/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
You need to buy a 1-1/4 slip coupling. The repair is done with the water OFF. You can buy a slip coupling at any plumbing supply, hardware or home improvement center. It is basically a long straight coupling that can be pushed together to fit over the pipes, then spread apart to glue the ends (think accordian). A rubber hub will not usually be leak-tight in a pressure application, but may work. To use the slip coupling, cut out the bad coubling to good pipe, and slip the new coupling in place. When you buy it, ask someone about installation (may be obvious once you see it). Be sure to buy primer and glue.
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