How to repair clay field tile?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by redgreenbluegil, May 16, 2007.

  1. redgreenbluegil

    redgreenbluegil Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    NE Indiana
    Anyone know the proper way/have experience repairing broken clay field tile using plastic tile? I don't have a source of clay tile and I thought the plastic would be less expensive too. I just rented out a field for beans and told the guy that I would need to fix the tile, but he decided to plant anyway (big storms were on the way). Thanks in advance for the replies!
  2. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

    Jun 16, 2002
    South Central Kansas
    A temporary option would be to get some fiberglass cloth and resin and make a patch over the damaged portion of clay tile. It might take several layers to make it as strong as you need. You will need to clean the clay where the resin will adhere.

    I'd also recommend that you wear gloves that will not deteriorate from the resin.

    Pretty easy to work with really.

  3. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

    Mar 21, 2004
    deep south texas
    What about the Cardboard tubes, place one cut in half over the broken tile add concrete mixed kinda on the dry side. then after drying cover with soil. But also you will need some wire to renforce the concrete..
  4. palani

    palani Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2005
    They make a tapered end for the plastic tile that will fit into the clay. Dig up a length of tile to make sure you get a dozen or so good clay tiles, replace the entire section with plastic and then you will have enough tiles for the next 4-5 repair jobs.