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Hello all… how about a quick blog on PVC pipe and UV protection? I am often asked about the effects of UV exposure caused by sunlight on PVC sewer pipes and how to provide protection. Many people in the civil engineering industry have concerns with UV exposure and polymeric-based sewer materials (e.g. thermoplastic, PVC, HDPE, other plastic pipe)

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 I’ve recently been seeing engineers choosing what I feel are inappropriate Manning’s “n” coefficients for sewer design.  Some choose too conservative values, while others don’t understand that long term creep within the pipe wall may adversely affect the hydraulic performance of certain pipe types.  A few things to consider are as follows: 

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Dear Tech Abby:  Do I have to use a crushed stone backfill for my PVC sewer pipe installation?  --That 70’s EngineerDear That 70’s Engineer:  Good question… the answer is “maybe”…Well, let me expand on that.  First, when talking about PVC sewer pipe, remember that PVC products are commonly used in both gravity flow sanitary and storm sewer

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HistoryWhat sanitary sewer pipe on the market today was first installed while John Kennedy was our nation’s president?  TRUSS PIPE is the answer.                            After WWII and the Korean War there was an explosion of residential and commercial building along with sanitary sewer across our country.  With all the new building

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Every sewer has them… every few hundred feet… you can’t avoid it if you are in the sewer industry... Got a guess?... That’s it… MANHOLES. Ahh yes, the beautiful window to our lovely sewer underworld.One of the most common questions asked by those first getting involved in the sanitary or storm sewer industry is, “How do you connect a profile walled

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