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Thread: Pressure Testing

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    Apr 2010
    North Alabama

    Pressure Testing

    In my current/first ever pool build, I have installed more than 1,000feet of pvc pipe. After reading the directions for the pvc glue and primer, I have noticed that all of the cans specifically say "Do not test with air."

    How do I test if I cannot use air? With water and air? My local pool builders tell me to just use air.

    Because I have so much pipe, I want to be sure there are not any leaks.

    Any suggestions?
    24,480gal True L. 1.0HP pump. Sta-Rite Cristal-flo T240BP1 with a WC112-147/148 multiport.

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Pressure Testing

    The best way to test is with water and air. Pressurize with tap water, which will leave a little air in the system. Air alone changes pressure dramatically with temperature, which makes slow leak detection problematic.
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