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    Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    If you look on Youtube you will see some videos on how to use either burning glue or a torch to soften up PVC pipe to remove it from a collar. You then use a screwdriver and pliers to get the softened pipe piece out.

    Anyone have any advice on how hard this is and whether you are better off using the glue or torch method.

    I need to do this, or something similar to replace a Jandy 1400 salt cell as the newer units have different sized unions - see this thread for more: http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...l=1#post706288
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    Before I start to use something that can damage the part Im trying to salvage:

    Is there enough pipe left on it that you can use a coupling for whatever more pipe you need?
    Play with different sized pipes and connectors - can you atttach to the remaining pipe?

    Note to all: ALWAYS leave a few inches of pipe on proprietary fittings; it makes re-use much easier.

    If I HAD to remove the old stuff, call me chicken, but I'd just fire up a (bench) belt sander and grind it down. Much slower, mch more control.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    This kind of thing can be done, but without experience you will often end up damaging the part you want to keep. If you want to try it, I strongly recommend practicing on some scrap PVC before trying the part that really matters.
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    I've done this several times without a problem. I've used a heat gun because burning plastic is not real pleasant. Trick is to heat up the fitting you're going to throw away, without conducting too much heat to the fitting you're saving, otherwise everything gets soft and the part you want to keep gets distorted. Kinda a matter of timing it right. Hold heat gun close to the plastic and move it around so the part you're removing is evenly heated and avoid directly heating the part you're keeping.
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    Most of the couplings for 2" PVC seem to go on the outside. Can you also use "inner" couplings where the two coupling pieces slide inside the 2" PVC tube? Or is this a bad idea as it will reduce the diameter of the pipe for the water flow? This would likely negate my need to remove the piece of old pipe.
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    An inner coupling is fine if you can find them, most places don't have them in stock. Since the pipe restriction they create is just for a very short distance it has very little effect on the water flow.
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    My local pool shop has gray 2 inch barbed couplers that look something like this, except that they have a raised section in the centre unlike the one in the photo:



    Can you use this type of coupler with white PVC pool piping? Or do you need the white couplers that look like this:

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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    The barbed coupling is for hose, not pipe.
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    I have had luck cutting the pipe close to the fitting then carefully cut a slit or 2 through the pipe but stop before you get to the coupling then a flat screw drive and break the pieces out.


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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    Quote Originally Posted by Sseaman View Post
    I have had luck cutting the pipe close to the fitting then carefully cut a slit or 2 through the pipe but stop before you get to the coupling then a flat screw drive and break the pieces out.


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    I've done the same thing with a wood chisel. Doubt I'd do it for an underground fitting, but when I can see it everyday it's not such a concern.
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    @JohnT and Sseaman - Is there any reason why you did not try heat at all?
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    Quote Originally Posted by wayner View Post
    @JohnT and Sseaman - Is there any reason why you did not try heat at all?
    Didn't need it. The sharp chisel cut through it fairly easily.
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    Thanks - and did you manage to do this without doing to much damage to the outer coupler?
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    Re: Removing PVC pipe from connectors/collars via burning glue or torch

    Quote Originally Posted by wayner View Post
    Thanks - and did you manage to do this without doing to much damage to the outer coupler?
    It's been in use for about 4 years since I did it. Not even a drip out of it.
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