This is a very basic question so I apologize if this is obvious, yet I
couldn't find anything on the web except basic instructions for doing this
sort of procedure - and I just can't make it work.
I have added a new waste to a 3" PVC stack in my basement. So I cut out
about a 3 foot section (I cut that much in order to remove another leaking
slip joint above where I was putting the new tee) and put in a sanitary tee
at the bottom of the gap I created in the stack. I cut another piece of 3"
that is a little bit shorter than the remaining gap and can now slip it into
the top of the new tee. There is no give at the top or bottom, so a slip
connector is needed to complete the repair.
The question is exactly how do I get this dang slip connector to work? I can
barely slide it onto the pipe dry, so I figured once I put the cement on, it
would be lubricated enough that I could move it around for at least a few
seconds before the cement sets, to get it in the right place. I tried,
twice, putting cement on the new repair pipe section, and sliding it down,
with the intention of pushing it back over the end of the existing cut to
close the gap once the repair pipe was in place. Problem is, while I can
easily push the connector (when covered with cement) all the way onto the
end of the pipe, I can't make it budge back off again for the life of me in
order to connect with the existing stack. The cement isn't bonding this
fast, it just gets stuck. I can push it , hammer it, whatever - it just
won't move back once it's pushed onto the end of the pipe.
It's almost as if the slip connector is just too tight. Or, is there some
kind of trick here that I should be aware of? Should I cut off a couple
more inches of my "repair" section so I don't have to push the slip
connector as far onto the pipe - leaving a larger gap between the ends of
the pipes, and less bonding area for the slip connector? Thanks for any