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    Default Pipe repair

    How does one repair a leaking pipe which is under a concrete side walk without breaking out the concrete? The side walk is butted up against a building so only one side is accessible and the pipe is a feeder line into the building.

    Any advise would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Pipe repair

    You have two choices. You can breakup the sidewalk or reroute the line around the sidewalk. Bringing the main into the building at a location were you can connect to the existing water lines in the building.

    John

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    Default Re: Pipe repair

    3rd option; tunneling.

    You can see why the sidewalk is usually the first casualty

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    Default Re: Pipe repair

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRemodeler View Post
    3rd option; tunneling.

    You can see why the sidewalk is usually the first casualty
    The only trouble with this, Houston, is that when you tunnel under the sidewalk you end up in the footing/foundation.

    It's easier to abandon this line, reroute it to an easier location, like John said.

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    Default Re: Pipe repair

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    The only trouble with this, Houston, is that when you tunnel under the sidewalk you end up in the footing/foundation.

    It's easier to abandon this line, reroute it to an easier location, like John said.
    Or cut the sidewalk to facilitate pipe replacement. Concrete is relatively inexpensive, just cut out a section, do the repair, and replace the concrete. Problem solved in the most cost effective manner.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    Or cut the sidewalk to facilitate pipe replacement. Concrete is relatively inexpensive, just cut out a section, do the repair, and replace the concrete. Problem solved in the most cost effective manner.
    Yes I know, that would be my choice. I've done it so many times.

    But the guest said he didn't want to mess with the sidewalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    Yes I know, that would be my choice. I've done it so many times.

    But the guest said he didn't want to mess with the sidewalk.
    The guest should rethink his ways.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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