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  • To Sand or Not to Sand...

    I teach my kids to sand PVC piping and the inside of its' respective fitting due to the etching action it gives the plastic. Do you guys do this, or am I being overly cautious? Ya'll have a wonderful weekend!!!

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    Re: To Sand or Not to Sand...

    Unless you were teaching them how to weld plastics I would not do it. It is not needed and it is a waste of time.
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    • #3
      Re: To Sand or Not to Sand...

      I sand the gloss off of PVC pipe and fittings, especially with the large diameter pipe that need to be out back in service ASAP.

      Mark.
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      • #4
        Re: To Sand or Not to Sand...

        I never do but I do use primer
        Buy cheap, buy twice.

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          i never did that i thought thats what the primer did was to make the pipe soft for the glue to take to
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            Re: To Sand or Not to Sand...

            There are heavier glues for larger diameter pipes. I think most heavy duty goes to 12"
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            • #7
              Re: To Sand or Not to Sand...

              the primer is the cleaner and etcher. but i will sand the pipe if it's dirty, painted or old.

              rick.
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              • #8
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                I used to work on a golf course. You never understand the complexity of an irrigation system on a golf course until you have to deal with one. We roughed up all joints. Necessary? I don't know, but when you're dealing with a 12" main @ 135-175psi, 8-12 feet deep, you don't take chances if you wish to remain employed.
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                • #9
                  Re: To Sand or Not to Sand...

                  Originally posted by Doctordeere View Post
                  I used to work on a golf course. You never understand the complexity of an irrigation system on a golf course until you have to deal with one. We roughed up all joints. Necessary? I don't know, but when you're dealing with a 12" main @ 135-175psi, 8-12 feet deep, you don't take chances if you wish to remain employed.
                  If you have abc pipe and use xyz fittings you are already taking a chance. That rough sanding might be the difference for a good joint or a leak since manufacturers have different sizes and tolerances.
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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Gettinit View Post
                    If you have abc pipe and use xyz fittings you are already taking a chance. That rough sanding might be the difference for a good joint or a leak since manufacturers have different sizes and tolerances.
                    The tolerances are gigantic compared to a light sanding. All you are doing is removing the gloss from the pipe.

                    Try repairing an 8" transmission line in 20 degree weather and you will appreciate sanding fittings.

                    Mark
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                    • #11
                      Re: To Sand or Not to Sand...

                      Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
                      The tolerances are gigantic compared to a light sanding. All you are doing is removing the gloss from the pipe.

                      Try repairing an 8" transmission line in 20 degree weather and you will appreciate sanding fittings.

                      Mark
                      Point well taken.
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