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Old 03-25-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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hello folks, long story short, replaced 87' of french drain. i am finally to the last section and it is a tricky fitting of one 4" pvc connector, one 45 and one T. i dry fitted it but i am hesitant to take it apart and cement it. extremely difficult place to access. can i find a product that i can use around the outside where the fittings come together to make sure i have a good waterproof seal ? i am confident that the fittings are tight, just want to make double sure. i hope to get it done before the rain returns on tuesday plus i have to pause and host a dinnner party this evening. thanks, madeleine

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Old 03-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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can i find a product that i can use around the outside where the fittings come together to make sure i have a good waterproof seal ?
Sure... it's called a "Sharpie" marking pen.

Measure the depth of your hub and mark the pipe for that "throat".
Dry fit... then glue it up and compress until the sharpie line meets the hub.

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Psst! French drain piping does not need perfectly watertight joints.

Cement just comes in handy so the pipes don't come apart as the gravel around them might shift in a near-surface installation.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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I'm not sure I would cement them. There is a tape they sell specifically for these pipes. As allanj mentioned; they don't have to be water tight joints anyways. I'd want to be able to take them apart at a later date.

The conditions of the property may change; hence changing the demands of the french drain system (eliminating it, or requiring a larger area).
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