It is very easy to do, and if you buy a few cheap items to do this repair,
you will end up doing others in the future.
Make a sketch or drawing of what you have. Be sure that you know what size
pvc you are dealing with, that is the most important thing.
Take the drawing to Home Depot or Lowe's or Ace Hardware, and show them
what you have. They can tell you exactly what you need to do the simple
At a minimum, you will need:
1. Hacksaw. Even if you have a regular one, they are hard to use in the
ground where your broken pvc is. They make a real cheap, simple saw blade
and handle that makes it much , much easier to cut pvc in the ground. Buy
one, you will be glad.
2. PVC glue, and glue primer . The primer is the blue stuff, and some
people don't use it.
3. Appropriate coupler for your size pvc, so that you can join the two sides
Saw the pipe so that you can slightly bend them up out of the ground and
allow the coupler to join the two sides together. You may have to use trial
and error, and don't make your cut "gap" too wide, so that the coupler
doesn't fit solid. You can hold the coupler down to the cut pipe to see how
wide to make the gap.
Put the glue on the outside edges of the 2 cut sides, and the insides of
both ends of the coupler. Twist and join them together tightly. The glue
will set in just 1 or 2 minutes, so you have to operate fast. You can use
the sprinkler within a few hours.
Let us know how this works out !!
Get one of those cable PVC cutters. It is a steel cable with red plastic tube
handles. Just slip it under the pipe and pull it back and forth. It will
quickly cut the pipe. You can do this with nylon string but the cutter works
They sell a repair coupling that does not have the shoulder so you can slip it
over one pipe all the way, align the two pipes and slide it back over the other
It is easier if you can get back to an elbow. Dig out enough so you can easily
flex the pipe and get "heavy duty" cement (green can). It has a longer "open"
time. The wet/dry stuff sets up instantly and regular is only "open" for 20
seconds or so.
If you don't do this a lot you will be futzing with the pipe longer than the
cement takes to set.
Having a helper is "helpful". You quickly run out of hands trying to hold the
pipe, hold the cement and align the other pipe etc.
- posted on August 4, 2004, 3:18 pm
Its an easy repair , get pipe, sleeves-couplings , primer and glue . Cut
it clean it and be sure to remove PVC debris in pipe as it will clog
downline heads. Then glue it up, it will last fine if you do it