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    Default Be careful when you cut roots

    I need to rant
    The 3rd fitting just blew out in the pvc hose bib supply line that I installed 15 years or more ago. I guess I could take a chance on good USA made fittings, but since I'd have to essentially replace to entire line anyway to replace all those "big box store" fittings, I'm going with copper. I've already opened the trench.
    End of rant.

    Be careful cutting roots. I had one pesky root that was in my way. It was a real tough little sucker. When I finally was able to cut through it, I discovered that it was really a power line for my low voltage lighing.


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    Journeyman/Inspector Inspektor Ludwig's Avatar
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    You have PVC for a water supply in your house? Or CPVC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffL View Post
    I need to rant
    The 3rd fitting just blew out in the pvc hose bib supply line that I installed 15 years or more ago. I guess I could take a chance on good USA made fittings, but since I'd have to essentially replace to entire line anyway to replace all those "big box store" fittings, I'm going with copper. I've already opened the trench.
    End of rant.

    Be careful cutting roots. I had one pesky root that was in my way. It was a real tough little sucker. When I finally was able to cut through it, I discovered that it was really a power line for my low voltage lighing.

    YIKES. You okay?

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    Low Voltage, of course she is okay, and it was probably in the daytime when the lights were off anyway. I tell my excavators NOT to cut any root until we check it out to see if it is really wood. Many times I have started to tell someone, "Do not chop that.......", just before they do it. If it is a gas line it becomes exciting. If it is a water line, it becomes muddy. If it is an electric line, sometimes part of the shovel vaporizes in a big spark, or there is a big notch in the end of it.

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    Yikes, Jeff is a she,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    Yikes, Jeff is a she,
    I hope that was a typo

    Yeah, it was low voltage and turned off.

    My house was galvanized, but re-plumbed with copper.

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