I am splicing a PVC pipe identical to the pipe on the left of the image. I will insert 3 inches and use a pair of joints like the one that appears on the right of the image.
Hence I'm guessing it's ideal if I splice using the exact same pipe, the one on the left.
But during an experimental dry run before the actual cut+splicing, the pipe (on the left) and the joint (on the right) were already quite fused. There was no cement in sight, and I sanded to bevel, and wiped with a rag before insertion. They were so fused it took a pair of pipe pliers to separate them. With the actual pipe, I won't have the luxury of twisting with pliers to undo the dry run.
This makes me wonder whether it would be alright to use the soft pipe in the middle of the image for splicing. This setup is under the sun 365 days a year, but all three are, I presume, appropriate for full-on weather exposure.
- Can I use the pipe in the center to splice a pipe that looks like the one on the left (using a pair of the joints on the right)?
- I am still not sure whether I'll need 3 or 3.25 or 3.5 inches, and so I'd really like to do a dry run. What can I do to make separating a dry run easier?
- In the past I've skipped using the PVC primer and went straight for the PVC cement. The result is solid. Does using a primer soften PVC so much to make it easier to push the two sides harder and make sure they have entered all the way?