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Post# 381732   11/24/2017 at 10:13 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Sweepin’ flap abuse, never thought this would actually happen to me, but this is what happens when you hide a hose 4 AA batteries at once...

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Post# 381733 , Reply# 1   11/24/2017 at 12:43 by FCS3 (Hawaii)        
Hello ultralux88

You might want to bring that to a local
plastics company (like Laird in Denver).
They can identify the type of plastic it is
and the correct adhesive for a strong,
permanent fix.
I suggest this because not all glues for
plastics work on ALL plastics.
Especially ABS, which this may be.

Post# 381734 , Reply# 2   11/24/2017 at 12:49 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I cut the fittings out and just glued new ones in, its PVC central vac pipe, I'd never suggest gluing the broken part back in place.

Post# 381751 , Reply# 3   11/25/2017 at 02:59 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Avoid those batteries!

Post# 381836 , Reply# 4   11/26/2017 at 18:21 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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What a shocking thing to happen...pun intended...

Post# 381875 , Reply# 5   11/27/2017 at 23:45 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Folks....solvent welding PVC and ABS will render the repair good as new. Providing that; you use a cleaner (you can buy clear cleaner, or the purple primer...chemically they are the same; primer shows, cleaner does not) on the PVC parts and clear glue (so as not to show). Clean the ABS parts and just use the ABS glue. It's not voodoo or mystery stuff when we put pipe and fittings together with glue solvents.


Back in the 70's when PVC became widespread & popular in plumbing, they had PVC DWV (drain, waste & vent) and pressure stamped PVC (for water) as separate piping. The Neanderthals in the trade soon figured out they could use the DWV PVC for pressure (cheaper). Eventually, they had to double stamp the pipe for DWV & pressure to keep everybody honest. The original PVC DWV piping was a little uneven inside if you ran you fingers over it.....drove the inspectors crazy and they also at that time mandated the use of purple primer on PVC joints (for the trades)....otherwise they had no idea if the joints had been cleaned or not.  



Post# 381944 , Reply# 6   11/29/2017 at 15:56 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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As inexpensive as central vac fittings are, I’d never recommend just gluing it back on. There’s some more to sonsider than just if it can be glued, and I’m sure the PVC cement I used to glue the new ones in would do it, but you have to consider what the surface inside the pipe will be like, when installed the right way, there should be no shoulders or lips in the plumbing, get the chunk glued on and not flush, or get a ridge of glue on the inside and you have a place for debris to catch and a potential clog. So yes, it could have been glued back and left, but in my eyes that is an unsatisfactory repair.

Post# 381946 , Reply# 7   11/29/2017 at 16:37 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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Did somebody just seriously suggest gluing back the pieces?

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