assembling ABS pipes

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  1. filipi

    filipi New Member

    Dec 2, 2012
    Hello everyone

    I was assembling and gluing ABS pipes and fittings together, and one of the pipe didn't bottom out in the fitting , may be by 1/4". I guess I didn't push hard enough and it dried before I could do anything about it.
    Is that still acceptable if not leaking or shall I cut that section and redo it ?

  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    This obviously for a drain line. Drains are never under pressure, so I think your OK. Just a tip that maybe you haven't picked up on. When connecting ABS or PVC just apply the solvent to one joint at a time. A good swab around the inside of the fitting and a good swipe around the outside of the pipe end. Then insert the pipe into the fitting with a twisting motion as well as pushing. Then hold the joint together for a few seconds so the pipe won't push away from the bottom of the fitting. All that said, I'd bet there are lots of joints that are working just fine that did not get all of the above done to them.
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  4. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    For myself, that could depend upon where it is. The chance of it ever coming apart is pretty slim, but drain hubs (fittings) tend to be short and I would likely fix it if it were inside my house and being stressed in any way that might try to pull it apart.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    If there were any problem with your joint, it would be the gap in the flow line, but a 1/4" is not enough to worry about. The joint is not going to come apart because of that small gap. In fact, the gap could be 1" and it would still not come apart.
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