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Tunneling hose under sidewalk

Posted: 3 years ago Quote
I just bought a starter kit and love it, but for aesthetics and to prevent me being sued from someone tripping I'd like to run the hoses under my sidewalk(s) - ideally at 3 different spots. Here is where it gets tricky I have heavy red clay soil and it's on the rocky side.

Now I've read you can use your hose combined with a PVC pipe and some adapters and you should be able to water bore your way through - what would I need to do it this method using my hose included in this kit? Ideally when I get the pipe through I'd like to connect my mister landscaper 1/2 hose up to the 1/2 in PVC pipe and back out the other end with another hose piece using adapters of some sort, I've seen items that look like they would do this on the site, just not sure with so many adapters which ones would work for this setup.

If all else fails my backup plan is to run it along the crack of my sidewalk and see if I can put some kind of floor cord cover over it. :o

Thanks for your help,
Dan
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
FYI: Found my answer, got a walkway tunneling kit from Orbit and a 3/4 inch PVC pipe going to hook it up to my regular garden hose will see how it works out - and when I'm done I can leave the 3/4 PVC under the sidewalk and push the 1/2 hose for this irigation system through it. :D

Hope this helps someone wanting to take on this task.
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
Perfect!  This is one of the solutions we would have suggested as well!  If you haven’t already started the project I have a couple of suggestions based on some of these I have done myself.  Dig a small trench about the length of the 3/4" Pipe you made on the side you are going to tunnel through on that allows the pipe to be flat and parallel to the side walk.  This way once you break through to the other side (sounds like a lyric to a song!) it will come out fairly even.  In the past when I did not do this I ended up tunneling at an angle and came out on the other side almost a foot or 2 deeper than the other side of tunnel.  Let us know how it you do with your clay and rock situation.  Have a great day!
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
Well I'm ditching the water hose idea, I'm sure it works great in most cases but Alabama red clay soil (combined with possibley less then optimal water pressure) makes this method nearly impossible for me. I do believe a pressure washer would do the trick though. I've moved on to plan B, I got the biggest/longest drill bit at Lowe's (about $10), and am literally drilling through the soil, and most of the times the soils so hard I have to reverse drill the bit back out I kid you not.  Only setback is the bit is not as big as the pipe, so I'm in the process of making multiple holes to widen it a bit (the near 100 degree weather lately has slowed my progress of this project a bit).
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
Maybe you could just enlarge the drilled hole with the water drill.  I have rocky clay soil also and did not have any problem with just the Orbit kit you mentioned.  Good luck!
Posted: 3 years ago Quote
I got it!!!

The drilling may have helped loosen it up a bit, but it wasn't getting me far. What finally did it for me was the PVC pipe and my shovel. A good analogy to what I done: PVC pipe = nail, shovel = hammer. I stuck the pipe in the small hole I managed to make under the sidewalk and beat it with a large shovel until it came out the other end. Considering how much fun I had I'm going to just route the system around by my sidewalk and continue it that way versus making a second tunnel that was an experience... ugh.

I may try my alternate plan (running tube in sidewalk crack with a cord protector over it) to get to my mailbox flowers, both sides are landscaped already and it would be a huge pain to dig, move plants, lift my rock beds up, etc. If it won't work then the heck with it I can water those myself.
Posted: 2 years ago Quote
I couldn't run the hose under my sidewalk because of large bushes but I found that the joint in the sidewalk and also in the drive way was wide enough for the black hose you connect the 1/4" tubing to.  I did this a long time ago and it is still working great.  I love this product and have drippers and sprayers all over my extensive flower beds.  The only thing that I haven't solved is I have a balcony that I have run 1/4" tubing up to and the little sprinklers don't get enough water pressure to do anything but drip.  But at least that gets water to my hanging baskets and my flower boxes.  I just ran this part and we will see how it performs in our hot summers.  Wish the builder had had the foresight to put a faucet on this balcony.
Posted: 2 years ago Quote
Wow, that sounds like an awesome fix. We will definitely share this with future customers if they have this issue.