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Thread: Solar Heater Pipe Clog

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    Solar Heater Pipe Clog

    So this weekend I put together a solar heater using the 1/2" irrigation pipe....some old and some new. Somewhere within the first 30-50' there is something clogging the pipe. Any suggestions on what to use to unclog it or is my best option simply to cut and replace that section?

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    Re: Solar Heater Pipe Clog

    Are you sure there is a clog? The reason I ask is that there is a lot of head loss in that type of pipe so you don't get much flow through it unless you are cutting it up into a lot of parallel pieces. Using that type of pipe for solar is generally not worth the effort and cost.
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