I think this will work well!

I found some pipe insulation at the hardware this morning that changed my plans…

This works so well I’m inclined to believe I’m actually using it just the way it was designed to be used. I intended to get some insulation for 3/4″ PVC, then wrap that with batting inside some 8″ stovepipe. But in the box right next to the 3/4″ wrap there was this big stick of pipe wrap into which the 3/4″ wrap would fit neatly with the pipe inside. And it looked as though the whole thing would fit very nicely into 4″ sewer pipe, of which I have quite a bit.

So I dug out the old riser and cut it off, then built another just like it with the insulation and sewer pipe cut to size. Installed it, tested for leaks, made sure the insulation was pushed all the way up to cover the riser to the T-fitting, filled the trench…

…and the Secret Lair has indoor plumbing once more.

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8 Responses to I think this will work well!

  1. Mark Matis says:

    My old standby for success:


  2. coloradohermit says:

    Congratulations! What a treat to have indoor plumbing!

  3. Ben says:

    Indoor plumbing? Running water right inside a house ? It will never catch on!

  4. tk421a says:

    Nicely done sir, nicely done…

  5. Cederq says:

    Good for you, nothing better then a semi warm toilet seat… running out and back to a cold assed outdoor privy ain’t fun.

  6. Malatrope says:

    That is almost the best way to freezeproof pipes, Joel! The only thing better is to run heater tape alongside the inner pipe…but the way you’ve done it will work probably down to 10 below, especially if it goes deep enough into the soil.

  7. Jim Price says:

    Have you considered using a frost proof hydrant? It would eliminate the need for any insulation or draining the line during freezing weather. Mine have never been fazed, even at 30+ below zero.

  8. Joel says:

    Yeah, I wish I had one every winter. But they’re stupid expensive compared to a stick of PVC hoseclamped to some rebar then wrapped in black insulation and Gorilla Tape. It wouldn’t work in a more consistently cold climate with less sun but it works well enough here.

To the stake with the heretic!