How to Join PVC Pipe

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If you are thinking about taking on a small plumbing project around your home, you have undoubtedly been looking at PVC Pipe. Since the 1970s, PVC pipe has become the “go to” material for replacing plumbing pipe.

You’ve probably already gotten out the measuring tape to see how many pieces of pipe you need to purchase. Have you considered which type of PVC you need? If hot water is involved, CPVC may be the right type to purchase in order to keep your home’s plumbing system up to code. Check your local building codes if you are unsure which type of pipe to use.

A Glue or a Solvent?

You may have always thought PVC pipe was simply joined with glue. A solvent is actually used that allows the plastic to melt together. This provides a much stronger bond to ward off any threat of leaks. It is important that you purchase the correct solvent for the PVC or CPVC pipe that you will be using.

Have These Items Ready

PVC and/or CPVC pipe & fittings
Solvent and Primer for the type of pipe being used

Most of you will already have a hand saw, utility knife and old rags. Scoop them up and bring them to your work area.

Get to Work

Measure the length you need the pipe to fit, and be sure to remember to leave about 1/2 inch for the couplings. Use a hand saw to make the cut, and then the utility knife to get rid of any burrs left behind.

Prime the area where you will be joining, wait 10 secs, then use the solvent to cover the area that is being cemented. Join the 2 pieces with a slight twist, and hold briefly until they are set.

If this is your first try at working with PVC pipe, give it a careful examination. Think you could have done better? Then we suggest trashing your trial run and starting anew. The last thing you want is a leaking pipe when you finish your project. It is much easier to take care of it now, then later when it has water flowing through it.

Just a reminder that what may seem like a simple plumbing project, can quickly become a disastrous one. Be sure that you are 100% confident of the outcome, before doing something that can’t easily be reversed. Your home is your castle, always treat it with the care it deserves.

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