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Old 03-02-2018, 06:15 PM   #1
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Has anyone here ever seen PVC that glows red?

There's PVC being used to vent bathroom exhaust fans out of the attic (through the roof) at a home I'm working on, and the PVC is glowing red where it meets the roof, and about 5 inches or down the pipe (into the attic.) First thought it was sunlight getting in and causing the glow, but, ruled that out after checking at night and it was lit up like rudolph!
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:59 PM   #2
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Has anyone here ever seen PVC that glows red?

There's PVC being used to vent bathroom exhaust fans out of the attic (through the roof) at a home I'm working on, and the PVC is glowing red where it meets the roof, and about 5 inches or down the pipe (into the attic.) First thought it was sunlight getting in and causing the glow, but, ruled that out after checking at night and it was lit up like rudolph!

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St. Elmo's Fire? Haha.
Coronal discharge?

What happens if you stick a piece of bare copper wire down in it and bend it over the exiting end of the pipe.
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Thinking about what I said, more as a laugh than anything, but is this house near a high power electric transmission line? You could measure the voltage from a nearby gutter to the ground or ground rod, or similar setup.

Also, what type of covering is on the roof? Dry shingles? Wet shingles from rain or dew? Metal panels? Etc. Each of these will conduct electric fields differently, and if it is some type of coronal discharge, could modify or intensify the behavior.

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Nope, no electrical lines near by. Roof is dry asphalt shingle. I forgot to include a picture with the first post. The picture is taken from inside the attic, on a very cloudy day (which is why it's hard to buy the sunlight theory) The red is where the PVC exits the atttic.
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...and it's not hot to the touch
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Light from the other end?
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I believe this involves some magic herb.
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Looks like light to me, I have seen it before and always assumed thats what it was, Try putting a black bag over the end of it and see what happens
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