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Thread: Underground Pipe Leak

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    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Scranton, PA

    Angry Underground Pipe Leak

    Hello all,

    I was getting bubbles from my returns so knew there had to be air in the lines. I made myself crazy looking for an issue when the pump then went digging and found this lovely surprise! The original owners threw a PVC connector which was too large on the pipes underground then sealed it with duct tape. Ugh!!!

    Here's my problem - the pipe is too big to fit a 1" fitting and too small to fit a 1.25" fitting (without water leaking everywhere. Any idea how to join these two pipes with an air tight seal that will prevent air getting in and water getting out?

    23K gallon inground pool, vinyl liner, Hayward sand filter

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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Underground Pipe Leak

    That black pipe looks like polyethylene AKA pex.

    Does it feel like Tupperware or an ice chest? Same material. Glues won't stick to it.

    What you need is a barb and a clamp in the polyethylene and then a threaded adaptor to glue to the white pipe. Plus whatever pieces of PVC (white) pipe to get it all to line up.

    If I'm right about the PEX... you need things like
    1 in. Brass PEX Barb x 3/4 in. Male Pipe Thread Adapter-UC142LFA - The Home Depot
    Charlotte Pipe 1-1/2 in. x 1 in. PVC Sch. 40 SPG x S Reducer Bushing-PVC021071150HD - The Home Depot
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    Join Date
    May 2015
    Fort Mill, SC

    Re: Underground Pipe Leak

    Wow what a nightmare. I guess my installation boo-boos aren't so bad.

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