Cracked–a year ago.

Last year on this date, I was  dealing with a water leak in the front yard.  It was quite cold, which was (not so) perfect weather for outside work involving water and mud.

All I needed to do is find where the leak was and figure out how to fix it.

Unfortunately, the water was coming to the surface uphill a bit from the actual leak site, so it took a while to find the source.

It was cold enough to need a temporary shelter while I was getting to the leak site and determining how I might fix it.

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The leak wasn’t due to faulty installation by the fellow who put the line in – me – but, rather, a crack in a coupling in the PVC water line.


The fix was actually very easy.  The home improvement store in town had a leak repair kit using a fiberglass wrap.

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Once the fiberglass had set, the supply valve was opened to see if there was any leakage – and there wasn’t any, nor have we seen any indication in the year since.

around home, winter

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  • Cheerful Monk Jan 12, 2015

    I’m glad it wasn’t any harder to fix. I love the video and pictures.
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    • Mike Jan 12, 2015

      Thanks, Jean. I was looking for winter pictures in my image folders when I opened one from a year ago that had the image of the shelter. I had forgotten about having fixed that leak.
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  • Alan g Jan 12, 2015

    Interesting little ‘show & tell’. Reminds me of a couple of leaks I have had with my in-ground sprinkler system.

    Thought the little temporary shelter was a clever idea. Not sure I would have ever thought of that idea.
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    • Mike Jan 12, 2015

      Thanks, Alan. When I was actually working on the leak, there was enough room for my head and upper body. My Carhartt overalls and thick socks kept the rest of me warm, though.
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  • Hilary Jan 12, 2015

    Hi Mike – glad it’s lasted the test of time … lucky Karen having an engineer around .. cheers Hilary
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    • Mike Jan 12, 2015

      Thanks Hilary. I’m not really an engineer, just an ex-Navy mechanic turned into civilian operator, then instructor. In the navy nuclear power program, the operators from all three disciplines had to learn a bit of all the others, and we were not just the people that operated the plant. We also had to know how to fix a wide variety of things. I’ve known several engineers at the plant who were unable to make it through our operator training program, though many of the newer operators have engineering degrees. They also hire some ex-Navy, but they’ve got to be top notch.
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  • Grannymar Jan 12, 2015

    I never heard of a fiberglass wrap. I must make note of that for the future and hope I do not need it for myself. Glad to know it worked so well.
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    • Mike Jan 12, 2015

      I hadn’t heard of one that was commercially available, though I seem to have a vague memory of something like that from Navy damage control training.
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