Tuesday, June 14, 2011

D.i.Y - How To Use A Flexible PVC Hose To Replace The Straight PVC pipe

Salam & hi,

this morning, i thought my water supply was cut by the water local authority here. i have paid this month bill so what was the matter? no water for shower! i suppose to be very angry, but Alhamdulillah, managed to control my temper. want to know why? somebody has stepped on my main pvc water pipe, and just look at the picture below, its broken!! my maid accused my son of doing it, my son denied, and accused her instead and dadadada...i dont want to know who is lying...my main concern, this need to be fixed. as what i posted in my FB, fault finding is wasteful. so, lets see how i fixed it. 

the 'victim'. that is the main water inlet pipe.
look at the red line pipe. the water inlet came from inside of my house,
going out through the usage meter .
the blue line of pipe is for the house water usage. the parts involved was the red line pipe.
pls ignore the yellow line. 
my fixing work started with the point of the red arrow
taken out the defected parts. how artistic!
 i cant recall who was the previous contractor
but this crooked pipe connection is unacceptably & unprofessionally done!
i used this to replace it, a flexible pvc hose. not as flexible like a rubber hose
and not so hard as the normal hollow straight pvc pipe. this is just nice for me. 
i used a pair of tightener/lock (black color) for the flexible hose pipe
3 sockets (sized half inches) and L joint socket (some call it elbow)
check the tightener. it must consist of 4 parts,
the rubber and the white thing are very important. 
apply all socket with white tape as shown in the pic
new stop-cock, to replace the old one which has pvc broken pipe stucked inside
THE WORKS
PART A - CHANGING THE WATER INLET PIPE
take out the old stop-cock.
replace it with  the new one. look at the water.
you can imagine how strong my house water pressure is

since that the new stop-cock is working, turn off the tap.
now put on the socket to connect the stopcock and the L socket
test it. its working. turn off the tap
now, measure the right length to be used.
cut the flexible pvc hose with a small saw
this is how they should be arranged. very important- the position of the rubber bend.
insert and push it inside. this is to block the water from coming out. there shouldnt be any space
else you will have a hard time with the water spurs out from the connection made.
(that was what happened to me)
see? the rubber bend just nicely fitted in togetherwith the first edge of the flexible pvc hose
then use the plastic white part to push the rubber inside and tighten all parts
this is how it should looked like

PART B - MAKING THE JOINT PIPE TO THE METER

put the socket as shown in the picture
(pls refer to the red arrow from previous photo)
the same thing, make sure the rubber bend is inserted tightly
and nicely inside the front receiver. make sure the 2nd edge for the same hose goes deep inside (maximum) and tighten them all
this is how it should looked like
look at the red lines...that is where the flexible pvc lies. less items used.
turn on the stop-cock tap. WALLA! it worked. you can see the meter pressure readings. its functioning.
i have spent approximately 3 hours doing this fixing works. it is because i was confused on the arrangement of the black tightener, which comes first? the rubber or the white plastic thing, and notice the white plastic, the circular one should face the tightener or vice versa? got blister on my palm doing the tightening and re-open the whole thing, just to get things right. went through this torturous trial & error with the item and after getting myself wet, and hungry (no appetite/couldnt enjoy any food if in the midst of DIY works) at my 'car porch turned to a mini garden', this experience really a worthwhile one. i learned something new and i need to share this with others.

ALhamdulillah, i am satisfied with the work done, and we got our water supply as soon as the pipe was fixed. everybody is happy, especially my maid ;)

10 comments:

  1. Very nice work Maryam... Change of profession? Nanti if I have any problems with plumbing I know who to call

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  2. thanks Teh Beng, i got many 'hobbies', plumbing is one of them...haiya, u want me to travel to BJ, S.A to do plumbing ka? i'l charge per hour basis, coz got tol somemore petrol expensive mah...hehe..

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  3. Your blog inspires me to be resourceful and practical. Please carry on.

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  4. thanks C.B, good things are meant to be shared :)

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  5. Hose Pipes are in different types, shapes and sizes. Hose pipes are made of different types of materials and they are made of Rubber and its Compound.

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  6. thanks PF for the comment! i was told by a friend that the flexible hose i used is actually called poly pipe. terminology is one of my weaknesses ;p

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  7. Hi Maryam! You did a wonderful job here! The pvc hoses you used seem to be quite durable and secure. The way you mended the broken pipe is commendable. Keep up the good work!

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