I found a leak in the connection of a 3" PVC drain during wet testing.
I cut out the bad fitting and replaced it with a length of pipe that
has a regular coupler on one end and a repair-coupler on the other.
These pipes will not move lengthwise so a regular coupler can not be
put on both ends. The repair-coupler has no center ridge so it can
slide completely over one pipe and after the pipes are aligned it can
be center over both pipes. I have tried this four times, cutting out
more sections but I always get a leaky joint.
I install the pipe and regular coupler on one end before installing the
repair-coupler. I put glue on the ends of both pipes, the
repair-coupler and more glue on the pipes. I shove the repair-coupler
on one pipe so it doesn't stick out, align the pipes and pull the
repair-coupler back over both pipes. I try to twist the repair-coupler
a quarter turn; the results vary but with regular glue I was able to
twist it OK.
I have tried both Oatey Heavy Duty PVC Cement (green) and Oatey Regular
PVC Cement (gold). The heavy duty stuff is thick and doesn't give me
enough time. Once it dried so fast I couldn't pull the repair-coupler
back over both pipes. Another time I was able to center the
repair-coupler but it took a huge effort. The regular glue was much
easier to work with but in all cases I ended up with a leaky joint. I
test by filling the pipe with water after two hours of dry time. There
is no pressure other than the weight of the water. This is what my
inspector wants me to do.
Could it be too cold? Its about 50F in my attic where this problem is.
Is there a better technique? I noticed it leaks on the side of the
coupler were the second pipe is attached. The pipe that I slid the
coupler complete on before centering is OK.
With the heavy duty cement I cleaned the pipes with Oatley Cleaner
(yellow). With the regular cement I cleaned the pipes with 100-grit
sand paper. Could this be a problem?
Has anyone used these PVC repair-couplers? I doesn't seem like it
should be this hard. I'd rather not use the rubber things.