Another ABS/PVC question.


Old 05-17-03, 06:21 PM
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Question Another ABS/PVC question.

I may have to make an emergency repair on a geothermal a/c wellwater return line and would like to know what you think the limits of ABS pipe, fittings and transition cement are.
This is a commercial job but the basics should apply.

I may have to install a tee in a 4" pvc drain line to be able to install a 4" firehose to temporarily bypass a frozen return line.
Question: Being a rural area pvc fittings and pipe are several days away and this job will have to be done quite quickly.
4" ABS is readily available and wonder about using this.
The only concern is that the drain line is under about 25 psi when running and the pumps are capable of developing 80 psi.

Realisticly this is not the thing to do but what limits can ABS and transition cement be pushed to.
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Old 05-17-03, 06:35 PM
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Obviously, it would not be a good permanent fix, but it would likely withstand that pressure for some time... Let the glue cure up a good deal longer than you would for drainage... and get that PVC soon... Not only is the glue not made for a pressure application, but the pipe is not either...
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