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 Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: sandyman720 (NJ)

What is the best way to put a test ball in this test tee? Do you put the ball vertical or horizontal?



THanks!



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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: joint-runner (MA)

What ever floats your boat hun.:X

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: steve (CA)

What type of plug do you have? Like this one?

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: joint-runner (MA)

Put a Hanger on that PVC.

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: hj (AZ)

If you have the conventional test ball, not one with a thread on it, then it does not go "IN" the tee, it goes up into the pipe using the opening in the tee to insert it and inflate it.

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: sandyman720 (NJ)

Yes I have the one that just inflates not the one that is threaded (but I wish I had that one!).

So I will insert the ball so the "valve stem" is horizontal and the ball is actually laying within the 3" drain.

What is the best way to hanger this drain since it is diagonal?

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: packy (MA)

it is called a clevis hanger. available a plumbing supply houses.
[www.portablepipehangers.com]
shoulda put the same type of cleanout into the 4" while it was cut apart.
MA code won't allow a PVC "Y" cut into a cast iron stack. gotta be a cast iron "Y". maybe yours is different.

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: hj (AZ)

You had better buy an extension hose for the air valve. It will make it easier to inflate, but more important when you start to deflate the ball, it will "get away" from you as soon as enough air escapes. Then the water will push the ball past the tee, you will be flooded, and you will have to figure out how to pull the ball back to the opening because it will still be a tight fit in the pipe, and the retrieving chain will be wedged beteen it and the pipe wall.

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: sandyman720 (NJ)

Should I but the test ball to the right or left (upstream or downstream) of the test tee?

Can I inflate this and fill with water prior to the inspector coming?

Also can I open the ball valve to my new water lines to my bathroom prior to the inspector coming or does he want to be there when I do that also?

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: PBwrencher (WI)

Put the test ball up-stream of the test tee and fill the new system with water, also it is o.k. to turn the ball valves on to your water piping.:lol:

9-11-07, 10:05am

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: sandyman720 (NJ)

Should I let the air out of the pipes before plugging the ends and turning on the water?

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: redwood (CT)

It doesn't matter. If there is a leak the air will leave and the water will come.

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: hj (AZ)

Upstream, otherwise you could not remove the plug without flooding the area, which may happen anyway if you do not remove the plug properly after the test. Do it before the inspector comes, because if you have a leak you will want to fix it before he gets there.

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: PBwrencher (WI)

Leave the air in when you turn on the valves so you can hear a leak and shut it off prior to it creating any mess.;)

9-11-07, 2:00pm

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: pipemanbob (PA)

Got wet many a times prior to discovering the threaded test ball -- now I keep several of every size on hand.

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: markts30 (AZ)

I don't think they make 6, 8 10 and 12 inch threaded test balls - I am doomed to keep getting wet from now till eternity with them...
1.5, 2, 3, and 4 inch test balls are easy to remove now that I have the hang of it...
Only a little water... just got to pull them out FAST and cover the hole...LOL

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: dlh (TX)

only time i get wet is pulling 8" and larger test balls on vertical stacks

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: redwood (CT)

DLH, You don't know how to do those without getting wet?

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: dlh (TX)

well yeah, i said when I pull them i didnt say i do pull them...lol

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: redwood (CT)

Best way I found was have the apprentice do it... They have to learn all aspects of the job! :laugh:

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: PBwrencher (WI)

That is why we have apprentices to pull the test.:(

9-12-07, 8:12am

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: hj (AZ)

A piece of pipe or lumber in the hole to keep the ball in place. Release just enough air to allow the water to drain. THEN release all the air and remove the ball. Result, no flooding and no getting wet.

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: hj (AZ)

Isn't that why God made apprentices?

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 Re: Test Ball in Test Tee?
Author: sandyman720 (NJ)

Thanks guys, I passed my rough plumbing inspection yesterday!

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