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    Gotcha....I really wasnt being sassy....just hadnt thought of it being clear coated. I know for sure that it does get brittle after years like you mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke-gr View Post
    Gotcha....I really wasnt being sassy....just hadnt thought of it being clear coated. I know for sure that it does get brittle after years like you mentioned.
    On the side of the conduit, I think it does mention something about UV protection, but it doesn't really do the trick.
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    I think it really neat but the part is $310 and replacement bulbs are $80. I think my stand alone 55watt unit was $150 and bulbs are $35 and it has the spiral body for extra long contact time. Do you think the lack of a sleeve makes it so much more effective to justify this? I do like the custom application inline for space and the flexablity it offers. The parts cost is just expensive going this route.

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    I have one of the new Savio 50 watt UV's, so I'll give my input. I think I paid $225 for it. All I had to do, was drop it in my Savio skimmer. This saved me time and $ I would have spent creating a loop to install a standard UV. The downside (as you mentioned) is that the replacement bulbs are more expensive. However, I don't have to worry about breaking a quartz sleeve when replacing the bulb, and I didn't have to be concerned about buying a UV with a wiper, because I can simply wipe-off the bulb of this one with a rag. Long-term, I guess it's not worth it... but man, was it convenient!

    ...I'm hoping the bulbs get more affordable. I'm also hoping that other companies start making similar bulbs/uv's, because the quartz sleeve is such a pain.
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    Regarding the original question of whether Steve's "T" is UV resistant or not...
    I wouldn't worry about it much. It would be so cheap to replace the plumbing parts that would be affected by the UV rays. I'll bet it lasts for years and years, anyway.
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    Mike, Is that a special deal or can they be found for that. I did a quick websearch and cheapest I could find was $310 for a unit with the bulb. There were some near your price without a bulb. Cheapest on ebay was $330. Just wondering. I like being able to put in a custom one, but?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan S. View Post
    Mike, Is that a special deal or can they be found for that. I did a quick websearch and cheapest I could find was $310 for a unit with the bulb. There were some near your price without a bulb. Cheapest on ebay was $330. Just wondering. I like being able to put in a custom one, but?
    Yes, you can still get them for that price. I sent you a PM...
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    Now I'm thinking about that poly sleeve covering the bulb....I wonder if it blocks any of the UV?? I work with UV to sterilize parts going into a classified area for injectable packaging, the whole idea of the quartz is that it does not inhibit the UV rays as glass would do and they do tests regularly to test the strength of the UV to determine when the bulbs need to be changed as they degrade rather quickly. I wonder if there is any data along these lines comparing the UV thru the poly sleeve vs. the quartz sleeve?? Am I thinking too much again?

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    Anne, Ryan, I think as well known as Savio is they would not be using a sleeve that would block the UV rays. Just doesn't make any sense. I have talked about these units before. It's one pond product I feel is very much worth the price. It's very well made, has a nice big sturdy rubber seal, not just a little o-ring. No quartz sleeve to break, and if you did break a bulb the poly sleeve would keep all the pieces contained. Yes I do sell them. PM me if interested.
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    I'm not really trying to criticize, just being devils advocate. Plus I am trained in my profession to look for possible weaknesses/failure points and potential ineffeciencies...plus it's just my nature to question how things work exactly. I drive alot of folks nuts

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    One thing I kinda like about this is the reduced head possibliities. Someday I might try th math, but most inline UVs restrict plumbing somewhat by the quartz tube taking up space in the pipe as well as adding a couple extra turns in the line.

    Also, my UVs are in a devil of a place to get to....mostly due to my plumbing but I didnt have much choice. The less I have to swing around a quartz tube the better.

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    STORING PIPE:
    If possible, pipe should be stored inside. When this is not possible,
    the pipe should be stored on level ground which is dry and free from
    sharp objects. If different schedules of pipe are stacked together, the
    pipe with the thickest walls should be on the bottom.
    If the pipe is in pallets, the pallets should be stacked with the
    pallet boards touching, rather than pallet boards being placed on
    the pipe. This will prevent damage to or bowing of the pipe.
    If the pipe is stored in racks, it should be continuously supported
    along its length. If this is not possible, the spacing of the supports
    should not exceed three feet (3').
    The pipe should be protected from the sun and be in an area
    with proper ventilation. This will lessen the effects of ultraviolet rays
    and help prevent heat build-up.

    http://www.charlottepipe.com/Documen...ech_Manual.pdf


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