Assembling an irrigation method or repairing an existing sprinkler constructed of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) could be quite a messy experience. PVC”glues” or”cements” that bind sections of pipe or sprinklers collectively isn’t really a paste but a solvent. The solvent softens and melts a thin layer of the vinyl so that both surfaces of the fittings bond and eventually become one. That bond is impossible That is. A little PVC glue may stand out from the joints. Acetone, an ingredient of several nail polish removers, may help remove the paste.

Coming Unglued

While acetone will not reverse a joint, it is possible to dab on it liberally over any spots of glue ooze or that collapse onto different areas of the sprinkler. Wait as long as it takes to soften the paste spots, then wipe or scrape the paste off the sprinkler. Repeat until the glue spots are gone.

Safety Precautions

Fumes are harsh, so wear gloves, eye protecting and a mask. Acetone can damage finished surfaces like paint and likely will. Don’t leave acetone on vinyl surfaces or else they can sew and soften. It is possible to use a toothpick, stick or other non-reactive tool to check the glue spots. Use care when scraping on off the spot to avoid scratching or marring the surface.

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