I need to renew the stopcock in my 1970's house. However, the rising main is
black plastic and is certainly bigger than 15mm. I phoned the council (who I
bought the house from) and they didn't really know much about the size of
pipe or whereI could buy the right size fittings. They said it is likely to
be alkathene??? (unsure of spelling).
Does anyone else have any ideas on this material and the likely size of the
If you're replacing the main shutoff to your house, and your water is
supplied by the municipality, you will need to get them to come and shut the
water off. This may be a job worth hiring a professional for, as they will
be able to recognize the type of material they are dealing with, and the
appropriate fittings to use.
Replacing your water supply is what most of us consider one of our
"gravy" jobs. It seems big and difficult...just scary enough to ensure
homeowners are willing to shell out top dollar for us to fix their
problem water supply.
First..get underground utilities located so you don't take out a gas
line or power main. Most guys will use a trencher. But I'm a lazy
bastard. I don't dig. So I hire a backhoe to come out and dig
everything up for me...replace the pipe...wham bam...done. At $60/hour
for the backhoe guy, I don't mind allowing the homeowner to shell out
an extra $180 to make my job easier.
As for the type of pipe already in the ground...who gives a shit.
Replace it all. Right off the yoke at the meter (in my municipality)
all you have to do is screw in a male pex adapter and run pex the
whole damn way. Again...wham bam...done.
And yes, I personally prefer copper. There's a lot of stuff I do out
in the field that I don't necessarily do the way I want to do it. I'm
not going to spend extra money for more expensive materials. Pex is in
the code book. Pex is acceptable in my municipality. So that's what i
use unless the customer wants to pay for something better.
On Sat, 10 Jan 2004 23:58:14 GMT, "Lori & Dean Wigmore"
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