Sch 80 PVC Saddles
A schedule 80 PVC saddle is used to install a branch line on an existing pipe run without disconnecting the run. Installing a tee into an existing run would require breaking the line and shortening at least one side of the pipe. With a saddle, all of that trouble is eliminated.
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Schedule 80 PVC saddles look like a large tee that has been split into a bottom half and a top half that holds the branch socket. A rubber gasket lines the inside of the body on both the top and the bottom, and the two halves can be fastened back together with a series of machine screws along the sides.
To install a branch line, the schedule 80 PVC saddle is first fitted over the pipe run. The machine screws are inserted, and the top half and bottom half of the saddle are drawn together by tightening the screws. As the halves of the saddle are drawn together, the rubber gasket is compressed against the run pipe.
Once the saddle is securely fastened, the run pipe is punctured by drilling a hole down through the saddle's branch socket and into the run pipe. The branch pipe is then connected to the saddle’s branch socket. Liquid flows through the drilled hole and into the branch of the saddle. The rubber gasket creates a seal between the pipe run and the saddle, and the liquid begins to flow into the branch pipe.
There is a strong pressure differential in a saddle, and the volume of flow is greatly reduced by the size of the drilled hole, but the seal is strong. Schedule 80 PVC has thick walls to withstand pressurized liquids, and the thick PVC provides a good base for the saddle fitting.
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