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Old 10-04-2013, 07:50 PM
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Who uses POLY for main line?

just as the title says...curious on others' installation techniques
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:31 PM
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I use it on systems under 2". 2" and bigger is PVC
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:46 PM
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yes, should clarify that, strictly 1" systems...and what were your techniques, mandatory master valve? 80 psi poly? 160 psi poly? pressure regulator on the system? etc...
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:40 PM
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ive installed poly mains behind a master valve up to 1.5" and i have a few service accounts with 2" poly mains.

i very rarely have a problem with any of them
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:55 PM
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i'm considering going to poly mains, with master valves, but i have heard negative things about them...there are a few companies around here that do it, but none that are very representable companies, and this is one of the reasons why i'm hesitant...but i have talked to others who say they do it and have no problems and put in good systems...my point is, poly is SOOO much easier and quicker, so why not...my supplier is more or less telling me to stick with PVC mains, but he was brought up on PVC and has that old school mentality...my thoughts are, if you are trenching, use PVC, if you are pulling, use poly
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:42 AM
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A poly mainline is not to be considered without a master valve. Whether it is a better grade of poly than you employ for zones has to do with the supply pressure. It isn't a ruinous expense to upgrade to 125 psi NSF-rated tubing for a mainline, but I haven't done it unless the supply pressure exceeded 100 psi. The reasoning for an upgrade is the possibility that the mainline will be subjected to continuous supply pressure.

If you aren't in true poly territory, you might have concerns with the fitness of your local supply of poly for mainline duty, in which case, you only employ NSF-rated tubing for that task.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:13 AM
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We pull 200 / 250 psi Poly Mains .. Typically 1" and bump it to 1.25" when needed.

PVC Manifolds

100 psi 1" laterals
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:05 AM
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We pull 200 / 250 psi Poly Mains .. Typically 1" and bump it to 1.25" when needed.

PVC Manifolds

100 psi 1" laterals
Same pipe you replace home supply lines with?

It's an intriguing choice. The poly home supply lines I see are always CTS (OD specified) poly with waterworks compression fittings, and never IPS poly with clamped insert fittings. Upstream of the meter, it's entirely the purveyors' call on what gets used to connect the supply tubing.

Have you ever checked with the vendor on what they recommend for connecting the 200/250 psi poly? I do believe the poly can reach a thickness and density/hardness where a worm gear clamp will not exert sufficient force to match the strength of the poly. Only a few of the Ideal brand clamps (marine-grade and Lox-On) claimed agency approval for use on the then-thickest poly (160 psi medium-density)
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:14 AM
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If you aren't in true poly territory, you might have concerns with the fitness of your local supply of poly for mainline duty, in which case, you only employ NSF-rated tubing for that task.
I went to our local Ewing and asked if they sold blazzing saddles. The guy didn't know what they were .. So I found them in HIS store. He's like .. I've been here for 3 years and have never seen this sold.
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I went to our local Ewing and asked if they sold blazzing saddles. The guy didn't know what they were .. So I found them in HIS store. He's like .. I've been here for 3 years and have never seen this sold.
30 plus years of installing residential systems and only came across a 1 system where it was used and of course, I didn't have parts. I had to go to Orchard Supply Hardware to get an insert to repair the pipe. Its PVC here west of the rockies.
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