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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    Even Georgia freezes. Running water piping, even insulated, as you indicate is asking for problems. Good luck.
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    Sounds like you got it covered. Here's some info that might be helpful in the fututre:

    - GA Amendments to IPC (hardly anything changed): http://www.dca.state.ga.us/developme..._effective.pdf

    IPC allows the following for Water Service Pipe:
    1. Abs
    2. Asbestos-cement
    3. CPVC
    4. Brass
    5. Copper
    6. Several flavors of PEX
    7. Ductile iron
    8. Galvanized
    9. PB
    10. PE (several flavors)
    11. PP
    12. PVC
    13. SS

    However, only the following is allowed for Water Distribution Pipe:
    1. CPVC
    2. Brass
    3. Copper
    4. Several flavors of PEX
    5. Galvanized
    6. PB
    10. PE (only PE-AL-PE)
    11. PP
    12. SS

    So no PVC or PE (except of the composite PE listed). I have seen nothing directly in IPC about PVC (or other materials) being outside/exposed to sun. However, they define the "Water Service Pipe" as being underground and outside of the structure. If the material is not allowed to be a "Water Distribution Pipe", then the "Water Service Pipe" must terminate at/before the full open valve located at the entrance to the structure.

    In addition to PVC not be listed as a "water distribution pipe", there is an additional restriction for hot water that says that the pipe must have a pressure rating of at least 100 psi at 180F (which PVC would fail that test as well).
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    Well anyway, I would like to thank the OP for checking with his local code authority. It is always a good idea to find out what particular amendments that your state, county, city or whatever may have adopted. So perhaps a lot of confusion could have been avoided if that advise had been proffered in the first place and I apologize for not doing so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally Hays View Post
    So, though it's not about me? how about if someone had told him to run it with garden hose. would that be OK too? After all, it would be quick and fast. It would work. and hey, who cares if it's not to code right? Give me a break.
    Yes it would be fine with me although I would caution to use only approved for potable water use hose such as used by recreational vehicles (it is white). I would also mention the type of fittings needed to connect to the softener's plumbing connectors.
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    Well then, that about wraps it up fellas.
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