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Old March 4th 05, 01:05 AM
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Greetings
Does anyone know if typical schedule 40 PVC pipe is UV resistant? I
have some antenna projects in mind that will be built from this stuff.
I suppose I can paint it for some extra protection, but I was wondering
if it is necessary?

Thanks
Jim/K2TL


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Greetings
Does anyone know if typical schedule 40 PVC pipe is UV resistant? I
have some antenna projects in mind that will be built from this stuff.
I suppose I can paint it for some extra protection, but I was wondering
if it is necessary?

Thanks
Jim/K2TL

It's not bad, some of the early stuff (1970's/1980s) for an installation --
it is a lighter shade of gray today.
The last batch that I purchased a couple of years ago was silk-screened
(yellow) on outside as being UV resistant.
http://www.jmpipe.com/electrical.html

Schedule 80 is thicker (and heavier) and rated for outdoor use (and
punishment).

This is from Carlon (a major electrical PVC conduit mfg.)

UV is an issue for all plastic products. Fortunately, there are additives
that are added to plastics to make the material UV resistance. Listed
Schedule 40 and 80 PVC conduit utilizes these additives and are UV
resistant. The sunlight resistance test is found in UL Standard UL651.
Listed product will have an indefinite life period.



Listed Schedule 40 and 80 Conduit have been used in Florida for years
including on rooftops. It is preferred along the coast because it is
corrosion resistant. When used in an exposed environment where there are
changes in temperatures please are sure to use enough expansion fittings.



Greg
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Does anyone know if typical schedule 40 PVC pipe is UV resistant?


The white stuff is not UV resistant. I've had it become
brittle and useless in both AZ and TX.
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Old March 4th 05, 04:12 PM
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Hi,
If you can use the grey pvc from electrical depts. that will last forever.

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"resistant" is hard to define. I have a j-pole made out of PVC that has
been on the roof for almost thirty years. I suppose at some time it will
fail, but probably not in my lifetime. I certainly wouldn't expect it to
have the same pressure and burst characteristics if I was using it with
water pressure, but it seems to hold up well as an antenna structure.

My company has been making vertical dipoles using Schedule 40 PVC as the
"radome" for nearly twenty years, and as yet, not a single reported field
failure.

Jim


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On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 17:05:53 -0800, wrote:

Greetings
Does anyone know if typical schedule 40 PVC pipe is UV resistant? I
have some antenna projects in mind that will be built from this stuff.
I suppose I can paint it for some extra protection, but I was wondering
if it is necessary?

Thanks
Jim/K2TL


No, PVC is not UV Resistant...



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