Got to agree with Bob again. I could count on one hand the jobs I have been involved with that required special treatment at the couplings. With a perfectly sealed conduit system condensation will still exist and will add up to gallons.
I installed one job where the engineer spec a TEE fitting at the lowest part of any underground conduit in a 2'x 2' gravel pit (french drain if you will)
I had a very bad experience one time. The engineer spec'd GRC for the service and would not allow PVC.
A large parking area drained into the service trench, even after backfilling our service counduit made a very nice drain for the parking lot. And of course it drained right into our brand new service equipment.
We dug the trench out twice before we were able to stop the water. First time we tried to seal the couplings with a rubber sealant........that didn't work. Second time we encapsulated the coupling in bentonite (sp?) that did the trick.
Since that time I've avoided using GRC underground, but I'm looking at a job now where it's in the spec again.
Some A&E firms and institutional/industrial facilities have GRC standard in their construction specifications. It’s likely some feel that the durability of steel over non-metallic is a better investment at a small additional cost. The criticality if the contained circuits has a big effect on the decision. One concern facility owners have is what telecom guys call “backhoe fade” or the unfortunate effect of dig-ins. Unscheduled power or communications outages can be staggeringly disruptive and exceedingly costly to some operations.
Running subsurface steel conduit is not that much of a task, and becomes far easier when you ‘get in the groove’ for lack of a better term. [A hydraulic bender at the trench edge is de facto for some jobsites and clients.]
It may be possible to offer a substitute proposal of nonmetallic below minimum specified burial depth, with GRC sweeps extending above ground. Concrete encasement of buried nonmetallic raceway—with or without rebar—might be acceptable to the client’s engineer.
[This message has been edited by Bjarney (edited 10-05-2003).]
Re: GRC Underground#30101 10/05/0306:23 AM10/05/0306:23 AM
I use Kopr-sheild on cut threads otherwise nothing. It won't stop leaks into the conduit as conduit couplings seem to be(are) running thread(no taper) so they won't seal anyway.
I can think of a reason for steel over PVC if transistioning out of a deep hole. If compaction of the the dirt isn't done right the PVC will shear off where it hits native soil. I've seen it many times around tank holes. even rigid will shear if their's a coupling at the transistion