Well the durn meter is about 2 feet the other side of the sidewalk, then
another 2 feet is the street curb, and about a foot from a large tree. An
access hole is probably not possible. I will however see what's going on in
the meter well, and see about snaking poly down through there. Pulling it
with the old iron pipe sounds like a viable solution if it can get it
disconnected from the meter and get something attached to it. Thanks to all
who have had input here, it's given me inspiration to do it all the way.
"sylvan butler" <ZsdbUse1+noZs snipped-for-privacy@Zbigfoot.Zcom.invalid> wrote in message
On Jul 24, 9:23 am, email@example.com (Chris Lewis) wrote:
Au contraire. He can go down to the plumber and ask for a "Dressler
coupling". Made specifically for that purpose. It is a compression
fitting and is a common item. Also used to splice galv pipe when
there is no room to insert threaded fittings. They are also made for
PVC/CPVC pipe but I don't trust them there due to the pipe deforming
Best is to inspect the pipe condition and if it is at all corroded,
replace all the way.
Long distance may make this a good candidate for
trenchless pulling a new service in.
An experienced firm will dig an access hole at the curb
and then thread a pulling cable thru the exisitong pipe.
Then attach the new pipe (could be copper or plastic)
and pull out the old galv at the same time pulling the
new one in behind.
It may be moot at this point, but there *are* mechanical
compression couplings made for the express purpose of
joining to galv iron pipe.
I wouldn't place any bets that they can get a pulling cable
through the existing galv pipe. Once they get crudded up
there ain't no room. Maybe they could use the pipe itself
as the "pull". It might be worth a try.
Age and Treachery will Triumph over Youth and Skill
You have gotten a lot of very good advice about replacing the pipe. However,
there is a threadless union for iron pipe which uses a threaded galvanized
body, two rubber compression seals and two threaded nuts to tighten the
seals. Its sorta like a compression union used for copper tubing. Installed
one underground on the water main at my son's house about 15 years ago and
its still in service.
There certainly is a simple way. It is a "Dressler Coupling".
Replacing the pipe is the best solution though.
Just yesterday I saw the gas company pull a line for a house where the
feed was on the opposite side of the street. They dig a hole on both ends
to the depth then put this large diameter pipe thingy with a piston in
it. Connects to a commercial tow behind compressor like for jackhammers.
It piledrives itself through and pulls two flexible hoses (gas and tracer
line). Did same thing to go through the yard. Went within 6" of a tree.
Guy said no problem. It just pushes even big roots aside or busts them.
Foreman says "Cool huh?!
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