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Old 07-29-2009, 11:29 AM   #15
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ABS is usually used for drain lines and sewer stacks. It comes in larger sizes than PVC. PVC is usually reserved for fresh water lines.

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yeah, not around here. kind of the opposite, actually. All the drains in my house are pvc, and none of the supply lines are. I don't even think that pex is code, here...yet. I know that cpvc is approved for water supply in NH. They stock it at HD in NH, but not in MA.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:05 PM   #16
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In my neck of the woods (WA) both ABS and PVC are approved for drain, waste and vent (DWV) installations in homes. ABS is generally less expensive. My brother, who is a plumbing contractor recommended that I use PVC in the garage I am building. It is his opinion that PVC DWV piping is a more robust material than ABS. I am a bit puzzled by the use of purple primer on ABS. The code requires its use for PVC but I have never used or seen it used with ABS. You might want to check further about the need to prime ABS.
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In my neck of the woods (WA) both ABS and PVC are approved for drain, waste and vent (DWV) installations in homes. ABS is generally less expensive. My brother, who is a plumbing contractor recommended that I use PVC in the garage I am building. It is his opinion that PVC DWV piping is a more robust material than ABS. I am a bit puzzled by the use of purple primer on ABS. The code requires its use for PVC but I have never used or seen it used with ABS. You might want to check further about the need to prime ABS.

I can say that I didn't use Primer/Cleaner yesterday in the 100 degree temp yesterday and the ABS cement by itself worked just fine. Seized up in 3 seconds.
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There's also a universal cleaner, rather than the purple primer, that is made for use on either ABS or PVC. This is what I've been using for my trailer restoration work, and it does a good job cleaning the pipes, though I don't think it performs any priming function.
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why is it that they use the abs pipes in travel trailers, anyway? I mean, vs. pvc? lighter weight? cheaper? does it withstand movement/vibration better than pvc? just curious...
It has been explained to me that ABS does not get as brittle in cold weather and therefore is better able to handle the vibration and jarring that goes along with travelling. I had to order all my ABS fittings when i redid the drain lines. It was not readily available around here. george.
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