Hole in Swimming Pool PVC

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  1. Cigarstuff

    Cigarstuff New Member

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    Hello and thanks!

    I have two small (1/4") holes in a 3 or 4 inch pressure return line where an automatic chlorinator was once connected. A pool repair guy patched them with some clear sealant and told me to wait an hour before starting the pump again. I waited 24 hours then... Guess what? They blew sky high!

    So now, do I absolutely have to cut the pipe and put in new pieces to repair it or is there some other sealant or epoxy or compound that might do the trick? How about JB Weld?

    Any REAL pool guys out there???

    Larry B.
     
  2. Randyj

    Randyj Master Plumber

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    are you sure it's PVC and not ABS? If it's PVC or even ABS and standard plumbing parts will fit then it's fun and easy to cut and glue in new parts
     
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If you think repairing pool piping is easy, then you have not seen many swimming pool installations. Most are so compactly installed that there is seldom enough open pipe to cut and splice it. In this instance, try to find a repair coupling for your pipe size, Cut it the long ways, anywhere except down the center, so you have a "C" shaped piece that is a bit more than half a circle. Apply primer and cement to the pipe and your coupling, then "snap" the coupling onto the pipe over the hole, or holes, depending on how close they are together.
     
  5. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    hj, I like it.
     
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  7. Cigarstuff

    Cigarstuff New Member

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    I got it!!

    Thanks for all the suggestions, but I think I've got it fixed. I turned a 1/4" tap into the holes, then screwed in stainless steel plugs wrapped with plenty of Teflon tape. It's been holding for about 8 hours under pressure. Keeping my fingers crossed! What do you think?

    LB
     
  8. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    I have done it with PVC plugs "glued" into the threads.
     
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