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    PVC Shelf Life

    So, last summer I hard plumbed the line from my pump to my sand filter with 1 1/2" pvc. As always, I bought extra pvc pipe in case I made a mistake somewhere. Once I got done, I threw the extra pipe behind the "pool box" and forgot about it. This year (actually, this weekend), I plan on installing a thru the wall skimmer and hard plumbing everything. I know a trip to the hardware store is in order for fittings, valves and some more pipe, but can I use the pipe from last year? Or should I just start over and pitch it?? It has been laying on the ground, getting sun, wind, rain and snow for the last year.
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    Re: PVC Shelf Life

    If it's sun damaged it will be discolored significantly. Brown to purple ish. If not, it's fine.
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    Re: PVC Shelf Life

    As long as it has not changed shape from heat or descolored from UV then it is fine to use. I have some that is at least 15 yrs old that I just used this yr to hard plumb my sand filter when we installed our pool this spring. It's been running 3 months now without any problems. Just make sure to use the purple primer and glue that is fresh, and all should be fine.

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    Re: PVC Shelf Life

    They actually make clear primer, not just cleaner. I'd go with that for appearance as purple gets messy. Always use fresh glue, no doubt.
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    Re: PVC Shelf Life

    Yes the clear makes for a nicer look, but I use the purple for 2 reasons, first it helps me to see if I primed it incase I get side tracked (like that ever happens), second is because our local inspector requires it to tell if you really did use primer. Not that I call for inspections on my pool, just old habits I guess. As long as the primer and glue are fresh that is the most important part.

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    Re: PVC Shelf Life

    That would aggravate me to no end. I made sure my PB used clear on my pad so it wouldn't all look so sloppy.
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    Re: PVC Shelf Life

    Quote Originally Posted by dieseltim2 View Post
    Yes the clear makes for a nicer look, but I use the purple for 2 reasons, first it helps me to see if I primed it incase I get side tracked (like that ever happens), second is because our local inspector requires it to tell if you really did use primer. Not that I call for inspections on my pool, just old habits I guess. As long as the primer and glue are fresh that is the most important part.

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    Re: PVC Shelf Life

    You know they now make a UV primer that can only be seen with special UV light for inspection purposes
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