I'm gluing some water pipes in my basement using Flowguard Gold medium cpvc
cement. The instructions say "allow one hour cure before pressure testing".
Does that mean that after one hour I can just turn the water on and leave
it on? It gives no further instructions about drying time.
The cement I've used usually states the curing time relative to a
particular temperature and gives a pressure, eg ok to 120psi after 2
hours at 60F. It takes longer to cure at lower temps. So, as long as
you meet the temp spec for the 1 hour cure, and your water is normal
pressure, you are good to turn the water back on. Personally, unless
there was a critical need, I would wait an extra hour to have extra
I gave it a third hour. I wasn't sure whether my basement was above/below
60, it seemed a bit cold and I was too lazy to get out of bed and turn the
water on after two hours. An hour later I had to use the boys room, so
decided it was time to turn the water on :). 24 hours later, no leaks.
Tomorrow - off to Home Depot for some copper pipe parts to replace the
plastic so that it never breaks there again.
Speaking of which - is there any real reason to use cpvc over copper, other
than it's cheaper and easier to put together? This isn't the first time
I've had plastic pipe break, but it is most definitely the last time I'll
ever use plastic in my house.
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