Last night we had our first deep freeze for the season. I forgot to
disconnect the PVC pipe in my barn that goes across the ceiling and
thru a wall into another part if the barn. This pipe is designed to
work in the winter by having a large amount of slope, as long as
disconnect all hoses to allow it to drain after using it.
However, in the summer I leave it connected. I did not disconnect it
soon enough and although the water was turned off, there was still
water in the pipe, and last night it froze and split the top most
elbow right in half. The half I found on the barn floor was actually
peeled right off the glue joint, leaving half of both pipes clean and
ready to glue again. But the other half is still glued to the pipes.
I would like to see if there is a way to neatly pull the other half of
this elbow cleanly off the glue so I can install a new elbow without
moving pipes or adding couplers and pieces of pipe. In other words,
there is really no spare pipe to cut off at the glue ends, unless I
tore the whole thing down to adjust the position of the pipes so they
are aligned. I'd much rather spend a little time trying to cleanly
take off the other half of that elbow than to tear this whole thing
apart. Adding couplers and short pieces of pipe are an option, but I
like to avoid adding all sorts of extra parts, not to mention I will
have to buy a whole 10ft. piece of pipe for 8 inches.
Is there a way to "pick off" the elbow at the glue? Is there any sort
of solvent that will help dissolve the glue?
BTW This is ONE INCH PVC.