The principle behind heat fusion is to heat two surfaces to a designated temperature, and then fuse them together by application of the required force. This applied force joins the melted surfaces resulting in a permanent, monolithic fusion joint. Poly Pipe fusion procedures require specific tools and equipment for the fusion type and for the sizes of pipe and fittings to be joined.

Properly fused poly-ethylene joints do not leak. If a leak is detected during pneumatic or hydrostatic testing, it is possible for a system failure to occur. Caution should be exercised in approaching a pressurized pipeline and any attempts to correct the leak should not be made until the system has been depressurized.

Improper understanding of the operation of the equipment and tools can produce a fusion of poor quality. Operators must understand thoroughly how to use the equipment and tools, their function and operation. The operator should adhere to the equipment manufacturer’s instructions.

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