Sometimes you’ll have PVC that’s broken
under the ground, especially in an irrigation system. And it’s very simple to fix – it’s
very cheap, too.
What you need to do is identify where the break is – we’re going
to imagine there’s a break somewhere in the line. You cut off both ends on either
side of the break with your hacksaw. And then once you cut through it – it’s very easy
to cut – once you cut through it, you want to clean and sand the cut ends because you
don’t want any of what we call burrs to corrupt the seal.
What you’ll then do
is get a coupler, which is simply a tube which on both ends will slip over the PVC. And you
want to make sure it fits properly first, what we call a dry fit. And then when it does,
you’re going to use some of the purple primer, which will ensure a good seal. And you simply
dab this or swab it around the cut end as well as inside the coupler. And that just
takes a moment to dry, but you want to make sure that it is dry before you proceed. And
then you coat each part with PVC cement. And a good, liberal coating is best. Doesn’t
have to be neat; no one’s ever going to see this. And if you miss a spot, you’re
right back where you started because you will have a leak. And while it’s still wet, you
want to join the two parts, and you will wipe off any excess. And you’re done, and it
will be sealed good as new.