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This standard describes polyethylene (PE) presssure pipe and tubing made
from material having standard PE code designations PE 2406, PE 3406, and
PE 3408 and primarily intended for use in the transportation of water
and other liquids. Polyethylene pipe ranges in nominal size from 1/2
in.(13 mm)(Footnote *) through 3 in. (76 mm) and conforms to the
outside-diameter dimensions of iron pipe sizes (OD-based, IPS pipe) or
to the inside-diameter dimensions of iron pipe sizes (ID-based, IPS
pipe). Polyethylene tubing ranges in size from 1/2 in.(13 mm) through 2
in. (51 mm) and conforms to the outside-diameter dimensions of copper
tubing. Included in this standard are criteria for classifying PE
plastic pipe materials, a system of nomenclature for PE plastic pipe,
and requirements and test methods for materials, pipe, and tubing.
Methods of marking are given. Design, installation, and application
considerations are discussed in the foreword to this standard.
Footnote * - Metric conversions given in this standard are direct
conversions of US customary units and are not those specified in
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards.
The purpose of this standard is to provide the requirements for
materials, design, testing and inspection, and shipping of PE pipe and
tubing for use primarily as service lines in the construction of
underground water distribution systems.
This standard can be referenced in specifications for purchasing and
receiving PE pressure pipe and tubing for use primarily as service lines
in the construction of underground water distribution systems. This
standard can be used as a guide for manufacturing this type of pressure
pipe and tubing. The stipulations of this standard apply when this
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