Flirting with Failure

A previously untested swaged splitter enables a contractor to replace a residential waterline in northern California
Flirting with Failure
Technician Atanacio Francisco from Quality First Plumbing helps guide the 1-inch HDPE replacement pipe into the pit at the start of the pull. The ACME coupling attaching the pipe to the rear of the bursting head is visible just past the spigot. (Phot

Puddles alongside the front porch of a three-bedroom home in Sunnyvale, Calif., indicated a leak in the waterline. Since the spigot was dry, the homeowner assumed the problem was underground, and called Quality First Plumbing in Sunnyvale.

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