(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Digging pipe under small concrete slab/brick walkway

  1. #1

    Default Digging pipe under small concrete slab/brick walkway

    Hi All,

    I'm a new to this forum, found it whilst googling for some help turned up http://www.terrylove.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18644 . That isn't really what I need so I thought I'd ask you helpful folk.

    I'm doing some gardening, and am about to put a dripper system in. Whilst doing it, I want to run it to another garden bed that is on the other side of a brick path on a concrete slab. I have a couple of (large) pictures here to give an idea:

    http://www.colebatch.com/IMG_1241.JPG
    http://www.colebatch.com/IMG_1242.JPG

    The first shows the path from above, the second is looking through where I'd like a pipe. The trowel gives some context.

    My mother in law suggested I get a steel pipe and sledgehammer it through. Given I have neither I figured I'd see how far I could get by hand (less than 1ft). Does anyone have any suggestions - or is my mother in law's advice the way to go?

    Thanks in advance,
    Dim

  2. #2

    Default

    Further to this - it seems that on the other side of the path from where I started, there is more brickwork that obstructs where my tunnel would come out. Is there any reason why I shouldn't break this up with a mattock and do what my mother in law suggests?

    Cheers,
    Dim

  3. #3

    Default

    So, digging further, the "brickwork" is in fact a slab (here's a bit that broke off: http://colebatch.com/IMG_1246.JPG). I'm now stuck - any ideas?

    Cheers,
    Dim

  4. #4

  5. #5

  6. #6
    DIY Senior Member Jeff1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    102

    Default

    I've always used a water pressure - a piece of PVC with a hose attachment and high pressure nozzle on the end and drive it through.

    Looking at the picture, is that more brick under the walkway?

  7. #7

    Default

    I've always used a water pressure - a piece of PVC with a hose attachment and high pressure nozzle on the end and drive it through.
    Or a piece of rigid pipe and a sledge hammer.

  8. #8
    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Yakima WA
    Posts
    7,246

    Default

    I'd suggest the water method to jet the hole you need.

  9. #9

    Default

    There are some really nice tools that those of us in the industry purchase that make this go a little easier. But I wouldn't recommend them for you.

    It's fairly simple to accomplish what you are after. Just get a stick (10' or 20' section) of 2" Schedule 40 PVC pipe (or Sched. 80 would be even better, if you can find it) from Home Depot or any plumbing place. Cut it down to about 4' long. Then stick some duct tape on one end of it, so the pipe doesn't get clogged with dirt as you pound it through (that will slow things down). Next, place this 4' section off pipe into the small hole you've created and start pounding on the open end with a sledge hammer. Don't worry, SCH 40 or SCH 80 pipe can take a pounding without breaking.

    After 15-45 minutes, you should be through. Once it's through, just leave it there and cut it off right below the walkway on both sides. Now take off the duct tape and you have a nice 2" conduit to send your other irrigation pipe through. Viola!!!

  10. #10
    In the Trades maintenanceguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    107

    Default

    very easy to do.

    Get a length of 1/2" PVC pipe. Get the fittings you need to hook a hose fitting to one end and leave the other end open.

    dig a relatively small hole on either side of the sidewalk (I'm assuming you don't need to go below frost since you'll blow it out with compressed air every fall).

    Hook the pipe up to a hose and turn on the water. The water spraying out of the open end of the pipe will make a good tool for jetting your way through the dirt from one hole to the other. Just keep gently pushing until you see the pipe pop out into the other hole. Should take 1 minute, 2 minutes tops. You can then use the PVC to pull your poly line through or just leave it in place and put fittings on each end.

    Very easy to do, fast, simple.

  11. #11
    Leah
    Guest

    Default

    Did you work on my advice?

  12. #12

    Default

    Just stumbled across this again - figured I should answer the outstanding questions (sorry for bumping in the process).

    Yes - I did get this going. Didn't use PVC, instead used a bit of pipe (metal of some description) that used to be part of a dog bed. Followed the same process, duck tape and a sledgehammer. Worked a treat - thanks all.

    Cheers,
    Dim

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •