29 March 2016

How Much Would You Pay

Though repairing this break is not wholly recommended by the plumber, they'd prefer to replace the entire line.

But wait!  There's more!

We STILL haven't begun the search for the water line that's leaking.


  1. Dig a larger hole around the break.
    Cut the broken ends square with the appropriate power tool.
    Add two flexible joiners and a length of the right kind of pipe.
    Fill in the hole.
    Have a beer.

    Sippican (http://sippicancottage.blogspot.com) reported on his fix of a (sort of) similar problem, but I reckon you could fix yours in an afternoon.

    1. That there is orangeburg pipe. The only material that's harder to patch is clay.

      There's a couple of reasons to bring in a pro.

      First is the assholes at code enforcement. There's a lavish, daily, fine for dumping sewage outside the sanitary sewer system. When I am fixing it, I am liable. If the plumber is fixing it, it's "under repair" and thus no fine.

      Second is that material really calls for the specialty knowledge of someone who does this for a living. It needs to be rebedded correctly or you're getting a collapse cascading from the repair.

      If I had found iron or PVC under there I'd have risked the fine and done it myself!

      Third, it appears that my sewer was never actually vetted by the county when my house and the adjacent house to the south were added to the county system. The neighbors pulled a DIY. Since I purchased the house in good faith, I am not liable for the fines of an out of spec system, but if I attempt to fix it myself I'm liable for bringing up to code. Hiring a plumber retains my grandfathering.

  2. That makes sense - the plumbing bill buys immunity. Good move!


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