What is the best way to cut in to an existing underground line that may have a thrust block at the end?
We are doing a project that has scope to retrofit an 8" backflow into an existing approximately 200' of 8" underground. There is an existing detector check valve in the line which will be removed. Because of the age of the building and underground (about 30 years old) it is assumed the piping has a thrust block at the end. But with cutting into the line and adding a couple 90 degree elbows to get the backflow above ground there is fear that the line may slip back to the water main because the thrust block at the end of the 200' run is no longer holding the entire line in place.
We are planning to add a thrust block to the new 90s, but the issue is that there is only a shut off valve that is in the straight line of the 200' of pipe. If we shut that valve, there will still be pressure on the front side of the valve and when we cut into the pipe, the pipe may slip.
Any suggestions on securing the pipe on the supply side of the new backflow or limiting the pressure prior to the concrete being poured on the elbows for the backflow?
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