rip it out and use transition cement
I'm remodeling a bathroom and mistakenly did my drainage using pvc pipe. My house had ABS, and we used some of the ABS that we cut out together with the PVC. This was all glued together with PVC primer and cement.
I didn't realize that the black pipe was not pvc until tonight when I was looking into drains. The pipes aren't leaking, but I've read you shouldn't mix the two, especially not with pvc cement. So, should I rip out the new drainage and put in all ABS? Or will it be ok to leave as is?
Last edited by debo; 06-01-2008 at 08:24 AM. Reason: Added pics
Here's the problem. PVC and ABS are made for different chemicals. The so-called glue for them are also chemically different. Actually, they are not glues at all. They are solvents that briefly dissolve the surfaces of the pipes and fittings. After the piece are pushed together, the surfaces blend together and solidify. This forms a chemical weld. The problem is, since PVC and ABS are different materials, the solvent for one does not work on the other. There is a transition solvent that is supposed to work both ways. I haven't any personal experience with it. Another way to connect ABS and PVC is with no-hub banded couplers.
their is really no problem here...leave it alone....
it probably wont come apart or leak anyway.........
and the water does not care what kind of pipe it travels through.....
all you got to do is get one of those types of glue that
is supposed to be for all purpose....at Lowes....
the last time I bought some it came in orange color.....
If you feel that you must do it over
just get a pvc or abs coupling and glue them together
just throw it on extra thick on both the male and female ends
it is no big deal...
I have "played around" with this issue. What you will find is that you can take the joint apart with moderate hand force applied. The cement just doesn't penetrate the wrong plastic. SO, while the joint appears sound, and holds water now, over time normal vibration, house movement, set, the is a good chance that joint will crack and leak. I would not leave it.
You may or may not have a problem but there is no way to tell until it happens. The ideal thing would be to take it all out and use the original ABS material for the connections.
transition cement is good for abs/abs, pvc/pvc, and pvc/abs
Had a debate with someone on the topic of transition solvents, apparently they make an approved solvent my state recently accepted.
I wouldn't trust it...you said it all, especially not for the minimum cost and labor of a no-hub.
"The biggest regrets we have in life are the chances we never took."
I can't pull these the pvc pipes and the abs pipes apart. I guess I could saw them apart. I put some together with the solvent I used to see if I could get them apart. I beat them against some cement blocks and still couldn't separate them. But given the bond that seems to be there, are you sure I need to?
It's your house, your risk. If it holds forever, then you save a few bucks. If it doesn't hold and you have to tear up you bathroom, repair all of the damage caused be a leak, you gambled and lost. If it was mine, I pull it all out, and go with ABS all the way and be sure.