Figure 5-39.Adding connections to an outside vitrified clay sewer pipe.
EMERGENCY TEMPORARY REPAIRS
diameter of the pipe. Hose clamps hold the hose
At times, a pipe may start leaking and the
securely in place.
materials needed to repair it permanently are not on
hand. Here, you may have to use a temporary or
emergency repair. Keep in mind that a permanent
repair should always be made when the proper tools
or materials are available.
One simple method of making a temporary repair
of a leaky pipe is to use a length of rubber hose. After
turning off the water supply, remove the defective
section of the pipe by cutting it with a hacksaw. Then
take a piece of rubber hose, slightly longer than the
section of pipe you removed, and slip it over the ends
where the cut was made (view A, fig. 5-40). Ensure the
inside diameter of the hose matches the outside
Another temporary method of repair for a leaky
pipe is to wrap the leaky area with sheet rubber. Then
place two sheet metal clamps, one on each side of the
pipe, on the sheet rubber covering, as shown in view B,
figure 5-40. Now, fasten the clamps with bolts and
nuts. Sheet metal clamps for this type of repair can be
made from scrap material from the sheet metal shop.
You may want to make up a few of these clamps to
keep on hand for an emergency repair job.
You can also secure the water supply, drain the
water from the pipe, clean the pipe surfaces
thoroughly, apply flux, and then wrap clean copper
wire over the rupture and solder.
Figure 5-40.Temporary type of repairs of a leaky pipe.