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Thread: Broken 1" pvc supply line help

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    Default Broken 1" pvc supply line help

    Yesterday my neighbor's son broke the 1" PVC main supply on the house side of the meter. Unfortunately, because of his hardscape I can only expose about 3 feet of line. I installed a 1" compression fitting so they could at least have water through the weekend. No leaking after 24 hours of full pressure. Can I keep this as a permenent solution? It's eventually going to be buried. Short runs of 1" sched 40 doesn't give you much play room for glued connections. What would you do? Insight needed.

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    Replace the broken section, use couplings to fit to the rest of it. If you're unsure of something don't bury it.
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    `That compression coupling should be OK . The other 2 choices would be a slip-fit slide coupling, or a union.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    `That compression coupling should be OK.
    Should be? That's not too reassuring.
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    Four 90's................

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    Compression fittings are the best way to repair PVC pipes. Before they came along, you could use 4 elbows with short pieces of pipe. That worked, but were really ugly. I fixed a couple of sprinkler lines that way and covered them with dirt ASAP! The compression couplers are not only effective, they look a lot neater and are bunches easier to use.

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    48 hours at full pressure without leaking before burying. My nieghbors are truley grateful and I feel good for helping out. Thanks again for the input! You folks and this website are great!

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    Where was the pipe that he could break it? PVC is only supposed to be underground, not brought up through the surface and exposed where it could be damaged.

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