Need Help With PVC Pipe Fitting

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by convexion, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. convexion

    convexion New Member

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    Hello, I'm in a bit of a mess here. I'm repairing the fittings in a valve box that was installed by someone else. I can't figure out a good way to attach the fitting marked in the picture below. I've tried it twice now and the system leaked both times.

    I'm hoping the third time will be the charm but with the T and the valves being so close together I'm having a tough time figuring out a good solid way to connect them. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks

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  2. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    What are you trying to connect to? Don't forget that you've got a third dimension (vertical), so you can always 90 up, then 90 over, which would give you more room.
  3. convexion

    convexion New Member

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    Yeah, I was thinking about that also but it's incredibly tight in there. I purchased some 90 degree fittings as well but they intercept one another. The only way I can do it is cut the fittings that are on the valves and shave some off the 90s. Will that compromise the fittings?

    That's why I figure the original designer did it the way they did. Here's a picture of it just in case it might help. It was buried under dirt but I've marked it so you can see the original position.

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  4. Southern Man

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  5. convexion

    convexion New Member

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    Yeah, that looks pretty good. Thanks. I think I'll just go with flex fit because this just feels insane with regular PVC.
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    I cannot see what your problem is, but I would toss those male adapters. Buy a 3/4" x 6" PVC threaded nipple/pipe. Cut it to size, (making two pieces with a thread on one end). Screw the thread into the valve and glue the plain end into the tee.
  7. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

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    Dig it up more and you will have plenty of room to work.
  8. convexion

    convexion New Member

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    Hi, unfortunately digging further down wouldn't have helped simply because the valves are so close together. But I ended up being able to finish it by cutting the threaded adapters and snaking the pipe in various directions through the box.
  9. hj

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    You were not listening. I did not say to dig deeper, I said to throw the adapters away, (they only crack and leak anyway), and use a threaded nipple which would replace the adapter AND the piece of pipe that went with it. You probably made the job a lot more difficult, and maybe less permanent by what you did.
  10. convexion

    convexion New Member

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    Well it's holding pressure fine so I guess I'll just cross my fingers and hope I won't have to redo it. :) Thanks anyway.
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