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    #350 feet of water line $3200?

    Our water line broke again.Our bill popped up double what it should be, this has happened in the past.

    My Fil Quoted us $3200 to fix it. I got a quote from another local plumber for $2400. Would you go against the family to save the money?

    Just curious. I could buy a really nice pistol for $800.00. What would the wife say, though?
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    Materials.......

    Is your family putting in better materials? With water line, it could be copper, pvc, hdpe or?

    I just ran 1000 plus feet of water line and if its pvc, both prices are high.

    I think water is somewhere around page 3 or 4... http://www.workshopaddict.com/forum/...-4-2013-a.html



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    In the ground? How deep?
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    I had to deal with this earlier this year, I was quoted $4.00 a foot to dig up the old line and replace with PVC. I have a 3,000' water line though, so I rented an excavator and did it myself.

    Brian makes a good point about materials. Is somebody putting in copper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    I had to deal with this earlier this year, I was quoted $4.00 a foot to dig up the old line and replace with PVC. I have a 3,000' water line though, so I rented an excavator and did it myself.

    Brian makes a good point about materials. Is somebody putting in copper?
    You guys are lucky you live in the tropics. I would jump on 4.00 per foot. I dug this water line out to my barn a couple of years ago. The pictures even don't do the trench justice. You can see a couple ground rods in the picture...they are 8 feet. The trench was pretty close to 9 feet deep and 8 feet wide by 600 feet long. I spent over $3000 just in sand to get a foot on top of the pipe and 6" below just cuz it's so rocky.
    The pipe is 1 1/14 HDPE.
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    I'd think about spending some extra money and put the water line in bigger pipe so I could change the water line if I needed to without a lot of digging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I'd think about spending some extra money and put the water line in bigger pipe so I could change the water line if I needed to without a lot of digging.
    That thought did occur to me...for a few seconds The 200 psi water line that I use has a 1/4 inch thick wall. It is so stiff, it would take a 12" pipe to install it into. That would be some serious cash. On top of that, you would not know where the pipe failed, and you would have to pull the whole pipe out, you would have to dick with all the hydrants.
    I've never had a failure, cuz I get the line deep enough to where it won't freeze, and really go the extra mile back filling with sand. The failures that I've seen, is always a rock or freezing. Then you can see the wet spot, then just dig up the one spot and fix it.
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    Our line is Polybutylene we've done three repairs in less than two years. Our enemies are tree roots.

    I do have three estimates now.

    $3200, that's a backhoe dug trench. 18" wide, bottom filled with gravel about a foot deep.
    $2400, trencher dug trench. Unknown depth, but "deep enough not to freeze"
    $800, + I rent the trencher. This is my neighbor's "guy"

    We will probably go with the FIL, to keep sanity in the house. I'm hoping that this will get us more than the ~40 psi that we have now.
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    Do you mean the bottom of the trench is only a foot deep? That seems way too shallow. I'm not that far north of you and ours are 24".

    I might just go rent a trencher and do it myself.
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    I thought some of the plastics were about indestructible. What does the roots actually do to them?

    Copper is terribly expensive. I have 300# of waterline in 3/4" copper. I think its close to $4.00 a foot now.

    Wonder what it would cost to bore it? I got my water line bored for $500 but got a deal because they were here boring the Geo Thermal. Course up here we have to be almost 4' in the ground for frost ! I am sure where the hill is on one side of my creek my waterline is 25' deep. LOL. No fixing that.
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