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    Clear rigid PVC

    Since the summer season here in the northeast US is waning, I just wanted to post about a customization I made to my system this season that worked out very well. I replaced the PE, PVC, and ABS pipes around my pump and filter with clear rigid schedule 40 PVC pipe. The installation was easy, and the payback came in droves. When I operate the pump valve and motor control, I get instant feedback on what is going on. I don't have to run to the return or waste line endpoint to see what is happening.

    https://goo.gl/photos/Zu2xdEyaXVBFkMXi8

    I bought the pipe for about $20 plus the solvent. Also, the old school Hayward S240 filter has a clear polycarbonate dome on top that also helps. The 70's era S240 I had at my previous house did not, and I appreciate the 3 decades old upgrade. LOL.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    Interesting. It is almost like if our skin was transparent and you could see inside your body.

    Where did you get it? What are the specs on it? I've never heard of it before.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    Thats neat.
    I didnt know there was such thing as clear schedule 40 either. Ive never seen any.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    I have been trying to find some also... you have to let us know where you found some..
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    well....it' definitely out there. Just when I thought I had seen it all!


    Clear PVC Pipe Fittings - ALSCO Industrial Products, Inc.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    now that is a great find love
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    Wow....the fittings are EXPENSIVE...pipe ain't so bad. Neat stuff.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    I love clear PVC. We use it sparingly, but in some situations it's a wonderful thing to have. Nice job!
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent99 View Post
    Wow....the fittings are EXPENSIVE...pipe ain't so bad. Neat stuff.
    Your not Kidding! A 1.5" 45% clear elbow is $30.58- Thats $30 more than a white elbow!!
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    I knew of it's existence but for me, at 8.47/lineal foot for 2", that won't fit well in my budget. I also saw $34.00 for a 2" 90.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    I bought 8' of 1 1/2" pipe for $27 at Zoro. Item # G1790476. The specs are on their website.

    Also, I use flex PVC for my drain line. That comes in handy when the spider gasket on my multiport valve insists on leaking a little while in filter position. I just throw the drain line over to the edge of the pool.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    I knew of it's existence but for me, at 8.47/lineal foot for 2", that won't fit well in my budget. I also saw $34.00 for a 2" 90.
    Agree. 2" plain old boring white opaque PVC is around 80 cents/lineal foot.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    How about UV? I know that clear PVC tubing is NOT UV resistant as is the black stuff.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    Dunno. Mine is in shade. Here is the brochure for the product. http://www.thermoplasticprocesses.co...chure-2011.pdf
    If you are concerned with UV from sunlight, you could cover it with split foam tubing. How about a Super Noodle to make it festive?

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    How about UV? I know that clear PVC tubing is NOT UV resistant as is the black stuff.
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    Are we talking UV resistance out of fear that the PVC will get cloudy, or because of the water being exposed to UV?

    Hmmm, now that I think of it that gives me a great idea. Clear PVC and some mirrors and boom, "All Natural UV Sanitation System"! No bulbs to replace, no electricity, and it cuts your chlorine use in half* Recommended by the most honest pool store employees!

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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    I have a clear check valve on my solar system that is now opaque due to sunlight. But you have shade, so I hope you have better luck! It looks totally cool!
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    Re: Clear rigid PVC

    Quote Originally Posted by Donldson View Post
    Are we talking UV resistance out of fear that the PVC will get cloudy, or because of the water being exposed to UV?
    I dunno, my pool gets hit by the sun's UV several hours every day.
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