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    I am assembling some pvc tubing for an above ground pool. I am first putting the purple primer on the piece i want to put in the fitting. I then put the solvent over the purple primer then putting the tube into the fitting. When the solvent is put on the purple primer,and the tube is put into the fitting, the primer runs everywhere and looks messy. i have purple run marks all over the place.
    1- Can i glue the pvc together without putting the purple primer on the tube?
    2- If I must use the primer, is there anyway I can stop or minimize the amount of "running" I get with the primer?
    If I ever do any inside PVC plumbing work, the purple runs would look really awful.
    Any words of wisdom will be appreciated !
    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: PVC primer and solvent question

    They make clear primer. You may not have to use purple primer. If you need to use a purple primer they make a uv primer that is accepted here in NC.

    I dump half a new can in an empty can and shake the excess off while in the can. This keeps splatter and runs down to nothing.
    Last edited by Gettinit; 05-21-2012, 05:35 AM.
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    • #3
      Re: PVC primer and solvent question

      the trick with doing a neat looking job is to use gravity not fight gravity. while the purple primer is like water and will run everywhere, it won't run uphill. only downhill. hold the fittings to allow for gravity to drip out, not on. and hold the pipe to allow for gravity to drip off, not on.

      it can be done, but years of practice makes perfect. of course a rag when needed can be used to prevent runs on your vertical up joints.

      rick.
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      • #4
        Re: PVC primer and solvent question

        Just a reminder, not all pool fittings are PVC. Jandy Valves are CPVC and required a universal glue to join to PVC.

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        • #5
          Re: PVC primer and solvent question

          Wear gloves.

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          • #6
            Re: PVC primer and solvent question

            Originally posted by Plumbus View Post
            Wear gloves.
            And take deep breaths while hanging your head over the primer or glue can.
            Pretty soon your day will be going just great, but you'll be sorry in the morning
            when you can't remember your name or where you live.

            Seriously, avoid the fumes and work in a ventilated area, and it doesn't hurt to
            move to a space with fresh air every now and then if you're working in a tight
            or confined space.
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            • #7
              Re: PVC primer and solvent question

              Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
              Seriously, avoid the fumes and work in a ventilated area, and it doesn't hurt to
              move to a space with fresh air every now and then if you're working in a tight
              or confined space.
              If outdoors, work up wind to the primer. If indoors, use a fan.

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              • #8
                Re: PVC primer and solvent question

                Oh, just call a plumber....lmao....kidding.
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                • #9
                  Re: PVC primer and solvent question

                  just use purple pipe
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                  • #10
                    Re: PVC primer and solvent question

                    They do make purple pipe.
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                    • #11
                      Re: PVC primer and solvent question

                      A good solvent weld begins with a properly cut pipe, doesn't really matter how you achieve the cut, could be by a ratchet style cutter, hand saw, chop saw, whatever, the important thing is that the end of the pipe is cut as squarely as possible. This will help provide the maximum bonding area inside the fitting.
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                      • #12
                        Re: PVC primer and solvent question

                        Apply the primer until the writing on the pipe dissapears you can give it a second or two and let it get a little tacky not dry but tacky prevents running in my experience good luck sean

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                        • #13
                          Re: PVC primer and solvent question

                          This is a well done video on PVC joints one thing to add you should lightly bevel the inside of pipe to. You don't need all the tools but they would make it easier.

                          SpearsMFG - YouTube
                          Last edited by rodm1; 06-05-2012, 07:10 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Re: PVC primer and solvent question

                            My answer is YES...no primer needed all day, the trick we used to do is like Deep says, wrap the pipe with glue until the writing dissapears, hit the fitting and use alot of force when you assemble the 2 (with slight twisting motion till set). In True-Shop-Conditions you would be wise to hit both with your emory cloth first and you can't lose.

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