How to Install PVC C-900

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A company named PW Eagle introduced and sold C-900 polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe for water mains and similar applications like water treatment plants. In June 2007, PW Eagle merged with another plastic pipe manufacturer named JM Manufacturing Company, Inc. and began doing business as JM Eagle. The new company now sells C-900 pipe as "Blue Brute" pipe. The lightweight pipe is easier to handle than iron mains, assembles faster and should last for at least 50 years.

Things You'll Need

  • JM Eagle pipe lubricant
  • 2-inch paint brush
  • Circular saw and a fine toothed blade
  • Saddle tapping devices or tapping sleeves
  • Ductile iron or solvent weld PVC fittings
  • Unload shipments of Blue Brute C-900 by hand. Do not lift the pipe with chains.

  • Install the pipe in open trenches. String out the pipe before installation on the side of the trench without piled dirt. Do not specially prepare trench bottoms.

  • Curve C-900 mains gradually. Four-inch mains have a minimum radius of 100 feet. Twelve-inch mains have a minimum radius of 300 feet. All pipes must be bent by hand instead of by mechanical means.

  • Lay PVC C-900 in 20-foot lengths except when installing iron or PVC fittings. The pipes come preinstalled with factory installed gaskets.

  • Clean the ends of each pipe section before assembly. Lubricate the spigot end of each pipe using the JM Eagle pipe lubricant supplied with the pipes and a 2-inch paintbrush.

  • Push the spigot end of each pipe into the bell (flared) end of the next pipe until the reference marks on both pipes are flush.

  • Cut pipes, when necessary, using a circular saw and a fine-toothed blade.

  • Tap C-900 mains with either saddle tapping devices or tapping sleeves. Do not directly tap C-900 mains. Blue Brute pipe may be used with either ductile iron or solvent weld PVC fittings.

  • Bury Blue Brute pipe at least 12 inches underground and a minimum of six inches below the greatest recorded frost penetration.

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