PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

yukonsc

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Jun 22, 2012
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Oakton,Va
Plumbing re-do project is complete and after replacing every bit of PVC above grade - I found a leak once I turned the pump on - on the spa side return at the union from the 90 on the the jandy to the below grade line. (I'll take a pic today). Other then cutting it up is there a good fix for this? I was thinking of lathering up the joint with pvc cement and putting a shop vac on the line to draw the glue in.
 

JasonLion

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In general bad PVC joints should be cut out and replaced. You can occasionally get enough glue into the joint to seal it for now, but it will never be as good a joint as a correctly glued joint.
 

duraleigh

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I was thinking of lathering up the joint with pvc cement and putting a shop vac on the line to draw the glue in.
Well, I would think that would surely fail, but you have nothing to lose except a little time and conceivably could work.
 

yukonsc

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Jun 22, 2012
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Oakton,Va
I was hoping for a trick. - but I am thinking you guys are right I need to cut out the coupling. But now the question is - how to do it. Cut out a section big enough to put in 2 couplings with a piece between the two couplings making a slip joint? Maybe I'll just run a dremel down the sides of the coupling and bust it off...
 

mpnret

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May 27, 2013
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I think the best way would be to cut it out as suggested. One time I was working in a tight spot where cutting out was going to be a hassle. I tried one of those leak-b-gone rings and it worked. Here is a link to the product: http://www.pvcleakrepair.com/
If you are looking for a trick this could be it.
 

yukonsc

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Jun 22, 2012
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Oakton,Va
man - I'll give it a shot. If it doesn't work I just have to cut it out. I spent a 2 weeks of my free time working on this pool. - redid the plumbing and redid the electrical to 2008 NEC. I want to take a break from this project and work on the 25 others.
 

harleysilo

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I don't see why you couldnt just make your own ring, you don't really need the little "lock" part on the ring. BasicAlly that is just a patch.
 

mpnret

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May 27, 2013
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I don't see why not. Take a scrap piece of slightly larger PVC, cut a small ring, trim the diameter, glue it in place with a hose clamp till it dries. Could even cut a ring from a fitting of the same size as the pipe.
 

yukonsc

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Jun 22, 2012
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Oakton,Va
Totally -- I'll just take a coupling and cut it up. I'll let you know how it works. I normaly would just 'do it right' - but I as a I mentioned after 2 weeks of messing with this pool I am done.
 

yukonsc

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Jun 22, 2012
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Oakton,Va
In case anyone was waiting on the results of the split PVC. No dice -lesson reminded - just do it correctly. lucky it was 5 minutes of my time. I have already started digging it up.