Posts Tagged ‘Virtuous Clay’

In the modern day the use of Plastics have become more relevant and inexpensive vs the use of Cast Iron, Galvanized, and Virtuous Clay. These Plastics are known as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). Both pipes are durable, hard to damage, and long lasting. They come all diameters to meet waste demands subject to code.

In my opinion the ABS pipe is more “forgiving”, and by this I am saying that the pipe can take more hits to it before is springs a leak and or fails. On the other hand the ABS pipe does not do well in the sunlight at all. There was a time to where a 3″ diameter length was left out for a bit in the sun and when I went to get it the pipe had curled up so far that when standing it straight up it looked like there were 4 90 degree elbows glued in. What a horrible sight that was and a waste of time an materials. That would be the only issue so far that I have encountered with using ABS piping. Strapping the pipe down firm and filling with water as soon as possible makes installing this pipe easy and quick.

As far as PVC goes there is a few drawbacks in my experiences with it. 1) The pipe is super brittle when introduced into cold areas. There was a time when I was using it near Mount Charleston in Las Vegas and it snowed plus had an amazing wind chill factor. My crew and I were installing several customs that day and one of the guys called me and said “You need to see this”. I went to where the trailer was and he showed me that he had taken a few 3″ length’s down from a trailer pipe rack, accidently dropped them and the result was shattered pipe shards everywhere. Being from Hawaii I had never seen this before. I picked up a piece of the broken pipe and threw it to the ground, and presto it shattered like glass. So I knew from then that PVC pipe needed to be handled differently in other climates. 2)When left too long in the sun the pipe turns a really bad yellow…It almost appears to be burnt like with using a torch on it. This yellow-ish brown tinge is a complete turn off for the owners that are purchasing brand new pipe and they think that you are installing defective materials. [Keep it covered and it will last a very long time]


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