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    Drain line whipped our tail

    Installed a new system and it wouldn't drain correctly. After 4 times out there we found the problem. Somebody (probably me) got crazy with the glue putting a coupling on. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1370622223.079303.jpg
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    And no primer...
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    not sure what I am seeing in pix 2.
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    PVC glue made a "wall" and stopped up the drain line


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmvbrfd View Post
    Installed a new system and it wouldn't drain correctly. After 4 times out there we found the problem. Somebody (probably me) got crazy with the glue putting a coupling on. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1370622223.079303.jpg
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    1st time we installed it. 2nd time I figured maybe I forgot to clean the line and that's what the problem was so I blew the drain line a put some bleach in it. Checked it with a level and it was good. I don't know who went the 3rd time. The boss went the 4th and found it.

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    I had that happen once when I used some PVC cement that had started to gel up in the can.
    It was the only can of PVC cement I had in my truck, so I tried to get by with it, and the universe punished me for it.

    I also very strongly recommend the use of primer/cleaner, as the PVC joints do not form the proper bond when just PVC cement is used.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Heck Mark, sometimes they don't even use pvc cement..
    Quote Originally Posted by mark beiser View Post
    I had that happen once when I used some PVC cement that had started to gel up in the can.
    It was the only can of PVC cement I had in my truck, so I tried to get by with it, and the universe punished me for it.

    I also very strongly recommend the use of primer/cleaner, as the PVC joints do not form the proper bond when just PVC cement is used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lytning View Post
    Heck Mark, sometimes they don't even use pvc cement..
    I see that a lot too, and they hold together for years.
    I'm 100% certain the universe would punish me harshly if I ever left an unglued connection.

    My personal favorite thing I have seen people do is mix the primer/cleaner and glue together.
    The other one is the blue PVC cement that the supply houses sell as "not requiring primer/cleaner."
    If you read the can, the manufacturer clearly states to use primer/cleaner with it on everything but PVC ELECTRICAL CONDUIT!

    A few years of cooking in a Texas attic tends to do a number on improperly prepped/cemented PVC condensate drain connections.
    It isn't uncommon for me to be able to disassemble most of the joints in a drain buy just wiggling and twisting the pipe when just cement was used to put them together, with no primer/cleaner.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lytning View Post
    Heck Mark, sometimes they don't even use pvc cement..
    We dont glue condensate drains on RTU's, so we can take the trap off in the winter at the fall service. The trap would just freeze and break in the winter anyway. So we glue the trap, but not the trap to adapter connection. At the fall service, we just pull the trap off the unit and put it in the compressor chamber. Then on the spring service, we put it back on.

    Not a perfect solution, but better than rebuilding traps every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meplumber View Post
    Not a perfect solution, but better than rebuilding traps every year.
    http://airtec.rectorseal.com/condens...trap/waterless
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Cool. Thanks Mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark beiser View Post

    My personal favorite thing I have seen people do is mix the primer/cleaner and glue together.
    Haha, that's called "hot mix" and no it doesn't work : )... case anybody is getting any ideas.

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