Comments on Profile Post by milkweed

  1. milkweed
    milkweed
    I saw at the local Lowe's had 1" PE3408 pipe by Silver Line Plastics. They had a line at the service desk, so I'll inquire later about what is available special order. Do you recall what manufacturer of pipe you purchased? Was is 3408 or 4710 type?
    Feb 25, 2016
  2. mrrxtech
    mrrxtech
    Milkweed,
    I ordered my geothermal pipe at the Pro Desk at Home Depot. I ordered 1.5" OD DR-11 PE-3408/3608 which was manufactured by Oil Creek, Titusville, PA.

    You can check to see if Oil Creek sells retail and save some money. I have ordered PE joints for welding the pipe together directly from Oil Creek. www.oilcreekplastics.com
    Feb 28, 2016
  3. mrrxtech
    mrrxtech
    Be careful though, I actually received 1.5 ID PE pipe which suits me fine due to having more water in my loop.
    Feb 28, 2016
  4. milkweed
    milkweed
    mrrxtech, did you have to do heat fusing? I expect I may need to socket fuse, so I will make sure to get SDR or DR for the outer diameter controlled pipe. I talked with a sales rep at Lowe's and they can order from Silver Line plastics, but they do not have 4710, only 3608... though I am not sure 4710 is a requirement. I'll stop by Home Depot tomorrow. Still curious what retailer heatoldhome got his pipe from.
    Feb 29, 2016
  5. mrrxtech
    mrrxtech
    I used a contractor for fusing my PE together. He used a McElroy fusion jig that you can see on ebay. The McElroy jig holds the two pieces in place throughout the process and provides the leverage needed to force the two ends together after proper heating.

    My joints are all butt end welds since a different device is needed for the socket joints welds.
    Mar 1, 2016
  6. milkweed
    milkweed
    That makes sense, butt fusion probably only requires the two ends to match, so SIDR instead of SDR or DR would be no problem. Back when I was looking at costs for butt fusion iron and jig it was way more expensive than for the socket fusion iron and adapters. Though socket fusion equipment was expensive also, it could be gotten for half of butt fusion equipment.
    Mar 2, 2016
  7. mrrxtech
    mrrxtech
    On ebay there is a good chance that you could buy a used McElroy butt end weld jig with heater and face cutting tool at a good price. When I was watching them they were less than $500 and lower.
    If I were going to do more than one loop I would have purchased one.
    Mar 2, 2016
  8. mrrxtech
    mrrxtech
    I paid over $800 to have the pipe fused at the house and paid earlier to have loop joints welded out in the field. I should have done it all in one step and paid less, but that takes a lot of preplanning. With renting a trencher I focused on the outside loop first, but wasn't ready for inside since I didn't have the surge volume device that I wanted identified and purchased yet.
    Mar 2, 2016