PVC glue drying time

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  1. mark freshwater

    mark freshwater Active Member

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    Hi ,
    I've been gluing some pvc for my sump i'm adding ,
    the directions say 24 hrs drying time , is this for strength ? as i cant get anything apart after about 5 mins ( trust me i tried when i miss measured )
    I wouldn't imagine its for toxin as it is for drinking water etc?
    Just wondering because i've only got a couple more things to glue in the morning and its ready to run , wondering if i have to wait the full 24hrs as ive seen plumbers fix things and use virtually straight away etc.
    Thanks
    Mark
     
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    mitch91175 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    With the amount of pressure that will be on the pipes, you should be fine. I'd still say give it an hour or so to dry then you can start putting water through the pipes. If you are filling the tank, that'll add some more time too. I've done it without any issues whatsoever.
     
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  3. mark freshwater

    mark freshwater Active Member

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    Ok sounds good , just adding an overflow box and sump , so just got to fill the sump.
     
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    Burrito Active Member Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member

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    I’ve used glued pvc in as little as 15 minutes. Give it an hour and your good to go, if your doing a whole system plumbing then why chance it (if there is a chance) and wait a day
     
  5. mark freshwater

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    the return and the main fittings are done its just the overflow piping from box to sump left , i might just wait 10-12 hours as i dont want to leave the skimmer etc off to long
     
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    What type of cement are you using that recommends a 24hr drying time? I usually try to wait 15 min but I have put pipes into service immediately several times and never had an issue.
     
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    ca1ore Valuable Member R2R Supporter CTARS Member R2R Excellence Award R2R TV Featured Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Likewise. I also only put solvent on the pipe (not inside the fitting) so that no globs of solvent can be pushed inside the plumbing.
     
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