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Can you use PVC fittings on ABS pipe?

Last Updated: 8th February, 2020

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It is possible to join ABS to PVC, but it is only supposed to be done with a mechanical coupling, not glued. There are two commonly used plastics for drain, waste, and vent pipes inside of homes: ABS (black) and PVC (white, mostly).

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Thereof, can PVC glue be used on ABS pipe?

ABS to PVC cement is only meant to connect an ABS system to a PVC system. An example of this would be an ABS drain system inside of a home connecting to a PVC drain system just outside the building, or vice-versa. That's the only place that this cement is supposed to be used.

One may also ask, what is the difference between ABS and PVC pipe? The two most common types of plastic pipe, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), have small differences depending on the use, but the main difference is that ABS pipe contains BPA while PVC does not. ABS is always black while PVC is white- and easy way to see the difference quickly.

In respect to this, can you go from ABS to PVC?

It's possible to join ABS to PVC, but it's only supposed to be done with a mechanical coupling, not glued. Today, there are two commonly used plastics for drain, waste, and vent pipes inside of homes; ABS (black) and PVC (white, mostly).

What glue do you use on ABS pipe?

We don't really call it glue, but solvent-cement. None of the plumbing cements are interchangeable, each one is specific for its pipe. Each pipe is joined with its own cement. One exception is transition cement, used to weld ABS pipe and PVC pipe together.

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Fdila Jelezko

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What is better ABS or PVC?

PVC is more flexible than ABS, but ABS is stronger and more shock resistant. ABS is better at handling severely cold temperatures, but it can warp with exposure to direct sunlight. For this reason, ABS can sometimes be the most cost-effective choice even when the pipes themselves are more expensive than PVC.

Gediminas Buendia

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How long should ABS glue dry before turning on water?

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Laurel Lutchens

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How long after gluing ABS pipe can I run water?

Re: ABS Cement Setting Time. 5 minutes is plenty enough time for the glue to set enough for you to drain water thru the system. Re: ABS Cement Setting Time. If you cannot pull the glued joint apart, it's ready for water flow.

Xiuping Hlopin

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How long does ABS glue need to set?

ABS YELLOW CEMENT is used for cementing only ABS sewer and DWV pipe and fittings up to 6" (15.24 cm) in diameter. Not recommended on pressure line designed to operate in excess of 140ºF (60ºC). Partial set time rating: Fast - approximately 45 seconds. Complete cure time is 24 hours.

Laurel Kmuci

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Can you glue PVC in the rain?

It's quick to bond PVC pipe and fittings, helping you be more efficient and increase jobsite productivity. The Red Hot Blue Glue works in wet, dry or humid conditions and can be used without a primer (where codes permit).

Lanell Benzien

Pundit

Does ABS cement go bad?

PVC & ABS Cements / Primers and Cleaners have 3 year shelf life from date of manufacture, and CPVC has 2 year shelf life from date of manufacture.

Chiquinquira Eichler

Pundit

Can you Unglue ABS pipe?

You cannot separate them. You will have to cut them off with a hacksaw or a sabre saw. The new sections will have to be fitted to the cut-off stubs, using standard couplings. Being ABS, apparently, you will need special cement made for ABS fittings.

Kati Batchelis

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Can black PVC be glued to white PVC?

If you will be gluing PVC (white plastic pipe) to ABS (black plastic pipe), there is only one glue/cement approved for this. It is called “Transition Cement”. It is made by the Oatey Company and the can is light green and white in color.

Florangel Urbie

Teacher

Is there a difference between black and white PVC pipe?

The difference between black and white PVC pipes is the chemical composition of the plastic used in manufacturing them. They are both primarily used for water drainage purposes. White pipe is composed of poly-vinyl chloride, hence the designation of PVC. The black pipe is composed of acylonitrile butadiene styrene.

Garofita Hoeppner

Teacher

Is PVC and ABS the same size?

ABS Pipe. While ABS pipe is size-compatible with most FORMUFIT products, it cannot be cemented together using standard PVC cement. A special transitional cement must be used, or the pipe to fitting connection must be screwed together to connect them securely.

Hortense Leng

Teacher

Can white and gray PVC be glued together?

Yup, and they will glue (solvent weld) together just fine, but I'd splice in copper for a hose bib and use a frost-proof faucet. Make sure that you use the clear primer and have at it. PVC is PVC. the gray stuff is for non-potable water.

Toribia Mataich

Teacher

Do you need primer for ABS pipe?

Primer: Primer is used to clean and soften the surface of the plastic to ensure a good solvent weld. It's used with both PVC and CPVC, but is not required with ABS. The primer is a readily identified purple color. For that, you can use an ABS to PVC cement, which is green.

Raphael Torresan

Reviewer

Do you need primer to glue PVC pipe?

Use the proper solvent for each type of plastic
There are three common types of plastic plumbing pipe: PVC, CPVC and ABS. Each requires a different kind of solvent cement. The white or beige pipes (PVC and CPVC) also require a primer. You don't need a pvc primer with black ABS pipe.

Elmar Wingbermuhle

Reviewer

How can you tell if plastic is ABS?

ABS plastic will produce a yellow flame while other plastics may produce a green, blue, or orange flame. Look for blue edges around the yellow flame, indicating it's ABS plastic. Notice a pungent smell if the plastic is ABS. ABS plastic has a very strong, acrid smell when it burns.

Yun Sneddon

Reviewer

What happens if you use PVC glue on CPVC?

CPVC cement, on the other hand, has no problem holding CPVC together, and since it has a more durable structure, it can hold PVC pipe together as well. So, if all you have to bond two PVC pipes and fittings together is CPVC cement, it will work, but PVC cement cannot be used to bond CPVC pipes and fittings.

Yueping Struchtrup

Supporter

Can I re glue PVC pipe?

But yes you can reglue, use lots and be prepared to push like heck. We've had folks bump up against this problem before!! As said, if properly glued, it would not have come 'unglued'. Proper technique to glue pvc: dry fit the pieces allowing a little extra length in the joint.

Yuemei Jolie

Supporter

Why is ABS pipe no longer used?

Both ABS and PVC are used in pipes because they are non-toxic and resistant to abrasion. ABS pipes are easier to install compared to PVC pipes, but also more likely to deform when exposed to the sun. ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride.

Fran├žais Turchin

Supporter

Can ABS be used for potable water?

These properties make CPVC popular for industrial applications, but this pipe is also used to carry residential drinking water. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) — Drainage, waste and vent pipes are the usual application for this black pipe material. It's impact- and heat-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor use.

Elizebeth Schwarzenberg

Beginner

What do the different colors of PVC pipe mean?

What colors are used for PVC Pipe? Blue: Potable Water| White: Irrigation and Water. Green: Sewer. Purple: Reclaimed Water.