Cracked Backflow PreventionDevice

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Old 05-04-14, 07:30 AM
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Cracked Backflow PreventionDevice

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It appears I had turned the water supply on to my backflow prevention device a bit to early this year. This particular unit is a Febco 765-1. We had some very nice weather, and then a week later it snowed and got to freezing for a day (oops). I ended up getting a small crack in the housing of the device. I took some JB Weld that says it works on copper, brass, etc, and patched the crack. It seems to have held and there is minimal water coming out where the crack was.

Has anyone every had a similar situation? Does this appear to be a good fix? Even if it was leaking a bit I can't see the harm in it really.
 
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Old 05-04-14, 11:19 AM
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Has anyone every had a similar situation? Does this appear to be a good fix? Even if it was leaking a bit I can't see the harm in it really.
Yes have that situation with many homeowners every spring..

Good fix? It depends on who you ask... IMO no!!!

If your happy with it, thats all that matters I guess..
 
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Old 05-04-14, 06:30 PM
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I wouldn't want a constant leak personally. The good thing is that only the shutoff valve was damaged, apparently not the actual backflow device. So you could replace it with a similar ball valve. Unfortunately, it wasn't installed with unions, so you'll have to cut some pipe to get it off and back on again.

I can't say much about JB Weld, good or bad. Haven't had the opportunity/need for it (yet).
 
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Old 05-06-14, 04:28 AM
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Ok thanks everyone! It doesn't seem to be leaking bad at all. To be honest, if it was PVC pipe I wouldn't be afraid to replace that section of the ball valve, but considering its copper and has a bend that's so close to the unit, well..................

I saw a video on You Tube from Sprinkler Warehouse. That whole unit looks very easy to replace if needed, but they replaced it to a system that had PVC piping.
 
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