How to Repair a Sprinkler Coupling
Do you have a broken sprinkler coupling? Don't worry, it's an easy fix! You will be guided through the process of fixing your sprinkler system in this blog post. We'll show you how to remove the old coupling and install a new one in just a few minutes. So don't wait; follow these simple instructions and get your sprinklers back up and running in no time!
Some homeowners like to walk outside in the morning and watch their irrigation system work. It's a bad day when they step outside and see a geyser or bubbling pond in their yard. When they dig down, they find a section of pipe that is cracked or punctured. The good news is that they don't have to replace the entire length of pipe to fix the break! All you need is a slip-fix for your sprinkler repair.
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What Is a Slip-Fix?
Slip-Fixes are PVC fitting that can stretch out and be of different sizes. This makes them good for repairing pipes of different sizes. They usually cost between $1 and $10, depending on the size you need. Slip-Fixes can save you time and money on many repair jobs.
How to Install a Slip-Fix, Step-by-Step
- Locate the broken pipe, if you haven't already. Once you've found it, dig around it (and under it) until the serviceable pipe is visible on both ends of the break. Set aside any sod you remove to place it back after completing the repair.
- Suppose the slip-fix is not already long enough. In such a scenario, you can expand it by pre-gluing a short pipe segment into the slip-large fix's end and attaching a direct PVC coupler to the opposite end of the pipe. Slip fixes that are fully stretched must be somewhat longer than the pipe part to be removed.
- To repair a broken pipe, use a hacksaw or PVC pipe cutters to cut the current pipe on either end of the break. Remove the area that is broken.
- Glue a direct PVC coupler onto the small end of the slip-fix.
- Apply adhesive to the ends of the slip-fix to hold it in place. Push it out of the hole after you've inserted it. It should be connected to both sides of the fix.
Now that you've mended your broken pipe part! Refill the hole with dirt, restore the sod, and re-enjoy your functioning irrigation system.
Tips on Gluing PVC Fittings:
- Always use PVC primer on both parts of a connection. This will help keep your glue joint together for a long time.
- Turn the sections about 1/4 turn after gluing them when making glued connections. This will help make sure the glue is spread evenly and help avoid air bubbles.