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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:38 PM
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Quick! anybody know how to seal/repair terracotta drain pipe...I hit some
while digging a hole for a fence post. Small hole on top of pipe.
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:40 PM
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1. is it to the sewer or for drainage away from your house?
ny
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:40 PM
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2. (Sheepishly)...The sewer of my neighbors house
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The Night Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:41 PM
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3. Is it insured?
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:42 PM
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4. I dont know...does my homeowners insurance usual lcover something like
this?
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oregonindy Donating Member (790 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:43 PM
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5. doh! call before you dig.
inform your neighbor now.....other wise it could be lawyerin time.
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MadAsHellNewYorker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:43 PM
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6. Propoxy may work
Edited on Thu Oct-20-05 04:43 PM by MadAsHellNewYorker
Its an industiral molding glue, you can buy at a hardwear store. It can be used for pipes (it clamis on the packaging) and it dries hard as steel (they claim) and can be used underwater. It comes in a long thin tube, and is a clay like substance...
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:44 PM
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7. Hate to say it, but you're screwed
Hate to tell you that, but it is the truth. You're going to have to dig up at least three feet of the pipe, cut it, and then hopefully be able to splice a patch pipe in. And that is if you're lucky. If not, you might have to replace the whole length of pipe out to the street. Sorry, but that is what happened with my family's clay drainage pipe when I was a kid.

If it is your neighbor's pipe, hopefully you have homeowner's liability insurance and can pay for it that way. Good luck.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:44 PM
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8. First go find a little Dutch boy
Then go find a little lawyer.
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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 05:31 PM
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15. The boy puts his finger in the hole and the lawyer
puts his hand in your wallet.
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:45 PM
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9. If you have
a small section of the clay pipe or even pvc the sme size,, you can cut a saddle to fit over the hole if it is small enough. use some type of industrial sealant around the hole, cover it up, and, since it is your neighbor's, run like hell!
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:48 PM
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10. I did something similar once; fixed it with Duct tape and cement.
But that's probably not the best way to go about it;
I'm sure someone can recommend a better repair.

Are you trying to fix this before your neighbor finds out?
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:51 PM
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11. thinking about it...yep
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 04:57 PM
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12. my worry is that because it's sewer pipe..if i dont fix it correctly there
will be sewage coming up in the yard
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 05:09 PM
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13. Yes, it's something that needs to be fixed REALLY WELL.
How big is the hole, btw?
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 07:25 PM
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17. 'bout the size of a silver dollar
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 05:29 PM
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14. Easy repair. Really.
You need a piece of either FRP (fiberglass-reinforced plastic) panel or 1/8" UHMW polypropylene panel big enough to go about a foot on either side of the break. FRP is easier to get but it comes in 4x8 sheets. You need a pack of "duct ties" which are three-foot-long cable ties used for clamping ductwork. And you need a shitload--two or three tubes--of Sikabond Polyurethane Construction Adhesive. (Accept no substitutes.)

Start by digging away the earth from around the pipe. The pipe needs to be free all the way around it for at least a foot on either side of the breach. Cut a piece of the plastic that's big enough to go all the way around the pipe and about a foot longer than the breach and any cracks coming from the breach is--if the breach is three inches long, cut the panel 15 inches long at least. Ideally, you want just a hair of overlap when you wrap it around the pipe. Clean the pipe up well and coat the back of the plastic with the Sikabond. It comes in a caulking compound tube so you'll need a caulking gun. They're cheap. Don't get it stupid thick, just maybe an eighth of an inch thick all over the panel. Now slip the panel under the pipe, slip three duct ties under the panel, and start working the panel around the pipe and tightening the duct ties so the panel fits snug up against the overlaps just a hair. Finally, put on some rubber gloves and use a little bit of the construction adhesive to caulk the edges of the panel. You need the rubber gloves because you want to work the adhesive into the seams with your index finger, and if you do it barehanded you're gonna have a gray finger for the next month.

Finally, leave it sit for a couple of hours--water running through the pipe will only help catalyze the polyurethane--before you fill the hole back in. Make sure to get dirt under the pipe when you fill the hole in.
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 06:45 PM
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16. Thank you very much....I will save this in case I should need it in the
future.

As for this problem...I'm covered with my homeowner's policy...(under the stupidity clause)
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