Now that Spring has sprung, it’s time to repair some of the broken garden plumbing that inevitably occurs.
I may discover more once I turn on the garden water (after the overnight temperatures stop being below freezing), but for now I was aware of two breakages.
The first one was a burst pipe for the deck mister system, that we can turn on in the heat of summer to cool us down with a gentle mist.
I had accidentally left a valve closed, preventing water from draining from the pipe, so unsurprisingly it froze and burst:
The reason the valve was closed was this system also had a problem where the tap wasn’t fully closing, perhaps due to some debris in the pipe, resulting it in dripping:
So I removed the broken pipe. Here you can see the old pipe in the foreground, a new length of pipe on the left, and a cart with my plumbing toolbox:
The repaired pipe:
I replaced the dodgy tap with a ball valve, which while not quite as easy to turn as a tap, will be more reliable:
The second breakage was a tap in a lavender bed, snapped off at the base (probably kicked by a deer or landscaper):
The repaired tap:
While I was doing plumbing repairs, I took the opportunity to extend the pipe for a tap by the small pond, that was too short:
I cut the pipe and inserted a short length to raise up the tap:
(Though I was just thinking that maybe I should have also taken that opportunity to add a second tap there, so I don’t need the splitter. One fork of that goes to the small pond auto-filler valve, the other is a hose to refill the feral cat water. Oh well, the splitter is fine.)
It’ll be interesting to see if anything else is broken, when I turn on the water.
I’ll also be doing some plumbing to add taps in the greenhouse, but I don’t have enough pipe for that yet. Ordered for delivery from Home Depot, along with materials for a couple of other projects.