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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 27 Jun 20 8.26pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by nickyf

Loving the advice and the banter between the posters,

I had a quote earlier 200 and they will dig down a few inches, put an underground fitting to the lead coming out of the ground, with an alkethine fitting with a stopcock converting from alkathene to copper then a washing machine connector on the end,

I would have a go myself with either a lead loc or a philmac utc , but as its a live pipe and quite old and the only way to shut it off is via the street stopcock i would prefer a professional to do it ,

If I was in your shoes I would pay that it seems reasonable the alternative for me would be a DIY disaster. I'm not bothered if I pay a little bit over the odds if the job is done well. If it lasts whilst you live in your house it is money well spent.

 


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View nickyf's Profile nickyf 27 Jun 20 9.02pm Send a Private Message to nickyf Add nickyf as a friend

My thoughts exactly badger

 

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 27 Jun 20 9.07pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Amazingly, I think i have a morsel of informative advice. Just a tiny bit.

As you are using existing metal pipes, please ensure when you backfill, that no cement/concrete is filled on the pipe, or fittings. Cover with gravel/sand first around the pipe and then top with whatever covering exists.

This is because :
1. If the pipe fails in the future you want to be able to get to it

2. Cement/concrete is extremely (alkaline) corrosive and will eventually burn through metal piping.


And lastly, pay a professional with insurance cover, just in case.

 


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View croydon proud's Profile croydon proud Flag croydon 27 Jun 20 9.14pm Send a Private Message to croydon proud Add croydon proud as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

If I was in your shoes I would pay that it seems reasonable the alternative for me would be a DIY disaster. I'm not bothered if I pay a little bit over the odds if the job is done well. If it lasts whilst you live in your house it is money well spent.

Yeah, 200 well spent, you could easily turn water off out in street with a certain spanner, i got one but not sure what its called, it was the other technical stuff i got lost on, but i would pay up and be finished with it!

 

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View croydon proud's Profile croydon proud Flag croydon 27 Jun 20 9.15pm Send a Private Message to croydon proud Add croydon proud as a friend

Originally posted by Forest Hillbilly

Amazingly, I think i have a morsel of informative advice. Just a tiny bit.

As you are using existing metal pipes, please ensure when you backfill, that no cement/concrete is filled on the pipe, or fittings. Cover with gravel/sand first around the pipe and then top with whatever covering exists.

This is because :
1. If the pipe fails in the future you want to be able to get to it

2. Cement/concrete is extremely (alkaline) corrosive and will eventually burn through metal piping.


And lastly, pay a professional with insurance cover, just in case.

Thanks forest, good advice for another time, makes sense but wouldn"t have thought of it

 

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Online Flag Chatham 27 Jun 20 10.02pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Put some polystyrene around it as you can form a decent space and its pre lagged . Then you can cement up to it. You will get a sheet on ebay to cut out slices to form a square.
If you do need access it's easy to break it out.

 

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View croydon proud's Profile croydon proud Flag croydon 27 Jun 20 11.15pm Send a Private Message to croydon proud Add croydon proud as a friend

Originally posted by cryrst

Put some polystyrene around it as you can form a decent space and its pre lagged . Then you can cement up to it. You will get a sheet on ebay to cut out slices to form a square.
If you do need access it's easy to break it out.

Another great idea cryrst, i"m keeping these in the locker for another day!

 

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Online Flag Chatham 28 Jun 20 12.20am Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Originally posted by croydon proud

Another great idea cryrst, i"m keeping these in the locker for another day!

Well keep the original I put as well cos that's legit also.

 

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View croydon proud's Profile croydon proud Flag croydon 28 Jun 20 12.23am Send a Private Message to croydon proud Add croydon proud as a friend

Originally posted by cryrst

Well keep the original I put as well cos that's legit also.

That was to complicated, i will get you round when it gets that tough!

 

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View Paaalaaace's Profile Paaalaaace Flag Croydon 28 Jun 20 3.43pm Send a Private Message to Paaalaaace Add Paaalaaace as a friend

LOL.....Professionals not necessarily that good....only last week my neighbour had a plumber in, fancy van with all the signage. Went to turn mains of at the stopcock on the pavement.....managed to break it.....Water pissing everywhere.....at which point he made a run for it and buggered off. Thames Water had to come out and sort it and were looking to charge someone.

 

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View nickyf's Profile nickyf 28 Jun 20 5.29pm Send a Private Message to nickyf Add nickyf as a friend

If the stopcock broke out in the street then it was probably seized and should have been inspected or replaced years ago, my stopcock out side my house wouldn't turn and I rang the water board and they replaced it free of charge, there are loads of properties that have got faulty stop cocks and people are none the wiser, check if your taps are working folks as you could end being flooded.

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 28 Jun 20 6.07pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Water Companies obligations end at the property boundary. If the pipes are on your property, it's your responsibility.

Anything outside of your property is the water company's responsibility

 


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