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triggawhat719
01-15-2015, 06:59 PM
ok so i am headed to home depot or lower to get my plumbing for my 4ft 150 gallon tank set up. I will have two 1" drain lines, two 3/4" return lines. I know I need to get the cement and the pvc pipe for my dimensions. I need help with what valves or check valves i will need in-between the pipes. Also how many? can someone help? As I am headed to home depot tonight. Thanks for all the help this is an awesome forum!

charleshardy5
01-15-2015, 07:02 PM
Would be a good idea to put a check valve on the line coming from your return pump. Also union fittings are nice to add into plumbing to make disconnect for maintenance easier, I would at the least install one of those on the same line coming from your return pump, making removing the pump for cleaning a cake

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triggawhat719
01-15-2015, 07:05 PM
ok thanks I will get those :)

Just_Tim
01-15-2015, 09:04 PM
What cement did you get? I have a bottle of transitional cement so you don't have to buy any.




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Campbell
01-15-2015, 09:21 PM
Not sure if I talked to you before or after this post but essentially with how you're wanting to lay it out with 2x return pumps, you're going to at least need 2x 3/4" ball valves to manually control/restrict flow of pumps. You're going to need 90 degree elbows for the 3/4" returns along with 45s. For the drain/overflow lines you will also need 90s and 45s. If money isn't too tight I would recommend that if in doubt buy extra to save a trip back to HD. You will also need a way to connect the pump to PVC. I use a PVC equivalent to a garden hose fitting-to-PVC that can be unscrewed to replace or clean the pump if needed. I got it at HD. You will need a PVC cutter and yes the primer and cement. I use purple primer and clear cement made by Oatey. And then of course the 3/4" and 1" PVC. Again I recommend buying more over less.

Remember to lay a towel down for catching the drops because they will stain anything and the glue is really hard to get off if it dries. I would build the system dry before gluing to ensure good fit even after measuring. Once glued it is permanent. After glue is applied to the end of the PVC I recommend a 1/4 to a 1/2 turn to ensure a good seal.

A sway/check valve on the return line is a great idea but the only ones I have found are online. If you set everything up right, the back siphon from pump failure or power outage shouldn't cause an overflow in your sump. I can cut power to my system at any time with no immediate issues.

I also have primer, clear cement, miscellaneous elbows and 45s in 3/4", 1", and a PVC cutter... You can borrow or use what you need...


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Levi
01-16-2015, 10:27 AM
ok so i am headed to home depot or lower to get my plumbing for my 4ft 150 gallon tank set up. I will have two 1" drain lines, two 3/4" return lines. I know I need to get the cement and the pvc pipe for my dimensions. I need help with what valves or check valves i will need in-between the pipes. Also how many? can someone help? As I am headed to home depot tonight. Thanks for all the help this is an awesome forum!

Best thing about Home Depot and Lowes is that you can buy everything you MAY need and return what you do not use.

at minimum this is what I think you need whether you buy or get from other members:

2x - 10ft stick of 1"
2x - 10ft stick of 3/4"
1 contractor bag of 1" and 3" elbows
2x - 3/4" union
2x - 1" union
2x - 3/4" ball valves
2x - 3/4" check valve (flapper NOT spring)
8x - 3/4" 45 degree elbows
8x - 1" 45 degree elbows

I would wait to open the contractor bag of elbows and use those as a last resort

You also need the following:

ABS to PVC transition glue
PVC primer/cleaner (I prefer the clear primer/cleaner so that my hands are not all purple)
PVC glue (I prefer the Christy's Hot Blue as I feel it forms the best bond. You can get the clear glue and then with clear primer wouldn't any sloppy glue jobs)
PVC ratchet cutters or a chop saw (I like the ratchet cutters as they are quick but if you are working with PVC over 1.25" its best to use a chop saw or some other electrical saw that gives you straight cuts)

Levi
01-16-2015, 10:52 AM
also for flapper check valve this is what you are looking for

http://www.marinedepot.com/True_Union_Swing_Check_Valve_Slip_x_Slip_True_Unio n_Swing_Check_Valves-Plumbing_Parts-FT9133-FIFTVLTC-vi.html

notice how it has a union attached to either end, this is so you can remove it and clean it out.

Murfman
01-16-2015, 11:24 AM
use this kind of Check valve; http://www.nibco.com/Industrial-Plastics/Chemtrol/PVC-Schedule-80/Valves/S45BC-E-Ball-Check-Valve-Socket-True-Union-PVC-Schedule-80-EPDM/

you can take it apart and clean the ball in there.

Levi
01-16-2015, 11:35 AM
do you have a link for these in 3/4" to actually purchase?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG6own141z0

Wonder how to mod the above link to be able to take it apart for cleaning easily?

Murfman
01-16-2015, 12:32 PM
do you have a link for these in 3/4" to actually purchase?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG6own141z0

Wonder how to mod the above link to be able to take it apart for cleaning easily?

http://www.modernindustrial.com/products/3-4-sch-80-cpvc-true-union-ball-check-valve-sk-ctubc-007/

Murfman
01-16-2015, 12:32 PM
do you have a link for these in 3/4" to actually purchase?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG6own141z0

Wonder how to mod the above link to be able to take it apart for cleaning easily?

http://www.modernindustrial.com/products/3-4-sch-80-cpvc-true-union-ball-check-valve-sk-ctubc-007/