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  • Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

    Soooo, apparently the "handyman" who was doing some work at this poor old lady's home, spotted a leak (which he may have also caused to begin with) and offered to repair her main supply line from the meter to the house. She agreed....

    Luckily, someone spotted this before the guy could backfill his trench. All signs indicate he had absolutely no intention of ever mentioning this.



    My guess is he put a pick or shovel through it while digging. There seems to be a plastic bag under the duct tape....

    Oh, and she even had to rent tools for him to do the job (jackhammer and concrete saw).
    Last edited by idlplumb; 12-05-2010, 02:25 AM.
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    you get what you pay for. ..and sometimes a little less
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      Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

      Originally posted by idlplumb View Post
      Soooo, apparently the "handyman" who was doing some work at this poor old lady's home, spotted a leak (which he may have also caused to begin with) and offered to repair her main supply line from the meter to the house. She agreed....

      Luckily, someone spotted this before the guy could backfill his trench. All signs indicate he had absolutely no intention of ever mentioning this.

      My guess is he put a pick or shovel through it while digging. There seems to be a plastic bag under the duct tape....

      Oh, and she even had to rent tools for him to do the job (jackhammer and concrete saw).


      Duct tape is mm mm gooooood.

      Is that a regular solder joint on that coupling that's about to be buried?

      That's bad ju ju here in the frozen hinterland.
      Time flies like an arrow.

      Fruit flies like a banana.

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      • #4
        Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

        She probably paid the going rate for a plumber...she just thought she was saving money.

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          Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

          Originally posted by geno gardner View Post
          Duct tape is mm mm gooooood.

          Is that a regular solder joint on that coupling that's about to be buried?

          That's bad ju ju here in the frozen hinterland.
          Looks like soft solder to me...

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          • #6
            Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

            Possible disaster was prevented...if that water pipe developed a leak, and the sewerage overflowed....

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            • #7
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              I wonder why he even bothered to solder--he had a lot of duct tape.

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                Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

                well any body knows you need to cut the ends out of a tin can and split it to cover the hole before one uses the duct tape,
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                  To his credit, definitely a good way to fertilize, irrigate the lawn, maybe it was done for that reason.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

                    Originally posted by BHD View Post
                    well any body knows you need to cut the ends out of a tin can and split it to cover the hole before one uses the duct tape,
                    No, use a plastic bottle--they won't rust away.

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                      Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

                      Perfectly acceptable

                      It's not like the poop is going to come flying out of the top of the pipe

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                      • #12
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                        no roots in that hole, so he was good to go. breid.................

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                          Originally posted by Pipestone Kid View Post
                          No, use a plastic bottle--they won't rust away.

                          Yeah, but you have to be careful these days. The plastic in the new Eco bottles is too thin and won't hold up to the weight of the dirt like the good old plastic bottles. The rule of thumb is to use three of the new eco bottles where you would use one of the old ones.

                          Don't forget to use a good grade of duct tape not the crap they sell at the big box stores.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

                            Just as an update, it wasn't just the top of the pipe that was broken....the bottom of the pipe was split but the duct tape did a good job at holding it together.

                            Oh, and as everyone would expect, there was clay sitting inside the pipe. I can just see it now....pieces of clay would have eventually caused a blockage, and someone would have run a cable down the line, and been confused as hell when he pulled out duct tape on the end of his cutter.
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                              Re: Apparently, duct tape does fix EVERYTHING!

                              Originally posted by idlplumb View Post
                              soooo, apparently the "handyman" who was doing some work at this poor old lady's home, spotted a leak (which he may have also caused to begin with) and offered to repair her main supply line from the meter to the house. She agreed....

                              Luckily, someone spotted this before the guy could backfill his trench. All signs indicate he had absolutely no intention of ever mentioning this.



                              my guess is he put a pick or shovel through it while digging. There seems to be a plastic bag under the duct tape....

                              Oh, and she even had to rent tools for him to do the job (jackhammer and concrete saw).

                              note per upc that water service should be running at least 12" above or to the side of sewer pipe !
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