Archive for April 27th, 2012

Soaker Hose Splicing

We deployed several granulated-rubber soaker hoses last year and, while they certainly weep enough water, they’re exceedingly brittle: they kink and break with what seems to be ordinary handling.

The hose ID is much smaller than ordinary “half inch” hose, so I turned some grooves on a chunk of copper tube that’s a snug fit inside:

Grooving copper tubing

Grooving copper tubing

Slitting a piece of scrap hose (ya gotta have stuff) and clamping it around the hose and tubing holds the splice together against the 90 psi water in the Vassar Farms irrigation system and provides a bit of strain relief beyond the ends of the tubing:

Spliced soaker hose

Spliced soaker hose

While I was at it I made three more copper splices, because I know they’ll come in handy…

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