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Old 04-26-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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ABS drain pipe to PVC connection

I am putting in a new sink and need to put in a new P Trap. Can I connect the PVC pipe to the old ABS pipe using PVC glue. I just need to make one connection with a 1 1/2" coupling to the old ABC drain line?

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Install the new sink with plastic drain kits that you hand tighten. It will connect to the ABS pipe with a compression fitting. No glue required. You never know when you'll need to take it apart. A dropped ring or food clog can happen at any time. It's cheaper & easier than cutting it apart & buying new parts to glue back together.
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The part that I need to glue is an extension to the old 1/1/2" ABS drain that ran along the side of the trailer under the counter top. The extension will be be passed the P Trap with a 90 degree elbow to connect the new P Trap which will be connected with the fitting in the drain kit. So my concern was will the PVC glue make a strong and permanent bond to the ABS.

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choose glue carefully

Don, the answer to your question is mainly no, you cannot use PVC cement to join PVC to ABS. HOWEVER, their is a general purpose cement that can be used on PVC, ABS, and CPVC. It is made by Oatey, perhaps by other manufacturers as well. It should say right on the label that it can be used for those different types of plastic.

General purpose cement is not carried by all the big boxes and/or hardware stores, but it's not an obscure specialty item either. You may just have to look around a little.

One word of caution about the general purpose cement, it does dissolve the pipe a little more than PVC cement. With PVC cement you can insert the pipe into the coupling, give it 1/4 turn and it's done, you can walk away from it. With general purpose cement, you insert the pipe, give it 1/4 and then hold it in place for a minute or two, otherwise it might creep out on you.

Good luck with the project.

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Can I connect the PVC pipe to the old ABS pipe using PVC glue. I just need to make one connection with a 1 1/2" coupling to the old ABC drain line?
You could use this kind of connector.
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Thanks everyone, I used the general purpose cement and it worked fine. I did connect some scrap pieces of ABS to PVC using regular PVC glue and it also seems to work. No way I could pull them apart.

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