replace copper with PVC?

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Old 01-10-08, 01:43 PM
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replace copper with PVC?

Just wondering if it is possible or recommended to replace copper piping around a shower/tub diverter valve? I had to replace one and am having trouble getting the sweat joints right. It seems like PVC would be so much easier.

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Old 01-10-08, 04:27 PM
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PVC, no, CPVC yes. The latter can handle hot water, whereas PVC cannot.
 
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Old 01-10-08, 04:34 PM
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Thanks! That is a big help. How would I tell the differance between PVC and CPVC at say, Home Depot when shopping? Would I also need to use a specific type of glue or cement?
 
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PVC is white and CPVC is tan in color. You will need purple primer to prime the joints with and Yellow cpvc glue (my preference). I also use Rain'r Shine, which allows the gluing of joints in the presence of water. Nice for repair jobs where the pipes aren't completely drained.
 
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Just got back from HD- I didn't notice any CPCV pipe or fittings, but I did pick up some PEX tubing and SharkBite fittings. A bit more expensive than I had hoped for, but it was a quick and easy install (easier then hooking up a garden hose!), and so far, everything is dry as a bone!
 
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Old 01-11-08, 03:55 AM
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Sharkbites are quite expensive, but if you are satisfied with the cost, nothing could be easier to install. I keep a couple of couplings, elbows, tee's, and plugs on the truck for quick repairs.
 
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