How to repair leaks in drip-tape

I’ve already written about installing drip tape so here’s what to do when you inevitably get a leak. For the readers out there that aren’t growers, I’ll warn you that this is a technical post!

You can buy connectors and all that for fixing a leak, but this is how to do it using drip tape and plastic hose.

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These are your supplies.

The plastic hose is about 1/2 inch diameter. We use it to connect the drip hoses to our main 3 inch PVC artery. I don’t have a picture, but it’s really easy: we just drill a hole in the PVC, slide the hose in, and then connect the hose to the drip tape. You can use a connector or tie the tape directly to the hose with a slice of drip tape. See this post for more about tying with a slice of drip tape.

In case you looked at that post and are confused because there is no PVC, I’m sorry, it’s a slightly different set up in the home garden than the farm, where the PVC is. Stay with me; here’s where it gets fun.

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Here’s a big leak I made with a pitchfork. %#*!!!

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You can see the ends of the plastic hose are cut at an angle in the first picture. That will help you slide it right into the drip tape. You may have to use the knife to make the leak bigger so you can slip the hose in.

It’s like a catheter. We get to play heart surgeon.

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Now just wrap that slice of drip tape around and around, pulling tight on each pass. The drip tape should be stretchy (some brands aren’t), and you should stretch it a bit before you start wrapping.

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Now just tie a tight knot.

You’re done. It’s pretty easy, kinda fun, and a lot better than running out to the store to get a connector. And it’s definitely cheaper.

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