Thursday Working – Pressure Testing

My repair to the burst irrigation line are complete. Today I did the first pressure testing and so far everything is holding. Here’s what it looks like now:

The new curb stop valve is at the bottom of that grey pipe on the left. That’s there so I can still operate valve after I’ve filled in the hole. I added a second ball valve and a drain valve. This gives me better winterization because I can now drain the line and blow it out with compressed air in the fall. With no water in the line, it won’t burst next year. This new manifold is about a foot below grade and will be covered with an irrigation valve box.

I still need to finish refilling the hole as the bottom shown here is still about two feet down. I’ll do that as my back allows. That’s it for this week. If you need me, I’ll be looking for my heating pad.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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24 Responses to Thursday Working – Pressure Testing

  1. I love how knowledgeable you are of stuff!

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  2. Debra says:

    You are definitely a very handy person to take on projects of this scope. There’s always something in our old home requiring repair, so I send my hearty congratulations on your project!

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  3. Wow, that was a major project. It looks good; and I’m sure you’ll be pleased every time you turn that valve on and off in the future! (You might have to remind your aching back of that, though.)

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  4. Dave says:

    Neat and tidy! What’s the purple stuff; some kind of liquid sealant? You can never have to much sealant when it comes to plumbing.

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    • That is a primer/cleaner for the pipe. You put it on before the glue to make sure the pipe is clean. Since some of the pipes were buried in dirt I like to do a little extra to make sure everything is clean. Generally it makes for a better seal between the parts. Not 100% needed, but for stuff I’m going to bury, I like to make sure I won’t have to dig it up again.

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  5. jfwknifton says:

    “Good job!” as I believe you Americans say.

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  6. Happy to see you have it done. Now on to fun stuff. 🙂

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  7. Way too complicated for me!

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  8. Heating pads can not be underrated 🙂

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  9. David Foyle says:

    Ah! The joys of homeownership!😀
    The gift that keeps on giving!

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