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  • please - how does one undo poly cement??

    Quick question please.

    Installing a new chlorinator and salt cell for the "see-ment pond" (probably need to be older than 30 to pick up on that one...shit that means I'm really old. )

    Anyway, pool went in 16 years ago, and the chlorinator finally died. New one is easy, hang off the same post, but the in and out pipes on the new salt cell don't match the old one.

    So, I have to do lots of cutting and messing around, or, if I can dissolve the blue cement type product on the old, I can get away with much less messing about.

    Is there any way, especially an easy way, to disolve the blue g;lue/cement product used to join poly pipe for pools???

    Muchos grazias, amigos.


  • #2
    Wife's hair dryer should do the trick, just try and keep the heat even around the joint.

    Clean it up with primer before re-joining it and it's as good as new.
    Last edited by Old frt; 11-11-2013, 06:45 PM.

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    • #3
      Or pour some new glue around the old glue and light it up, let it burn for about 20 secs.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Halo_2 View Post
        Or pour some new glue around the old glue and light it up, let it burn for about 20 secs.
        This - once the fresh glue has burned it will soften up, then you can use a pair of multigrips to remove the piece.
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        • #5
          You could also try soaking it in acetone as that can dissolve the glue
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          • #6
            Short cuts make for shitty jobs.

            If you want it to last do it once, do it right.
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            • #7
              Thanks folks. Give the hair dryer a go. Cheers

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              • #8
                Kennyboy is on the money. Poly pipe and fittings cost virtually nothing compared to a decent chlorinator (in fact I supply and instal for the retail price of the unit)
                It's also usually a good chance to tidy up the messy installation the first guy did.

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                • #9
                  If you can't afford to do it right, make sure you can afford to do it twice.
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                  • #10
                    Well the hair dryer didn't really work....when I detected a bit of movement I tried to wiggle the old salt cell housing to see if it would move.....what actually moved was the outlet pipe, it had become warmed and started to twist!!!

                    So out comes the trusty hacksaw and it's gone....a couple of new elbows and a bit of pipe and it was done.
                    Despite measuring twice, I have been known to cut three times!!! And plan A was to avoid having to cut lengths of pipe etc....but it didn't work...so it's done and it doesn't leak. Cheers

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                    • #11
                      please - how does one undo poly cement??

                      Originally posted by Ken Oath View Post
                      Well the hair dryer didn't really work....when I detected a bit of movement I tried to wiggle the old salt cell housing to see if it would move.....what actually moved was the outlet pipe, it had become warmed and started to twist!!!
                      Exactly the kind of crap that happens when you try to take shortcuts.
                      Usually you end up worse off than if you had done it right in the first place. Plumbing with PVC isn't exactly difficult either.
                      Glad you got it in the end
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