Don’t Overlook Deburring
Anytime you cut PVC pipe, you might find small burrs, or sharp edges, left behind. They might not look imposing, but these burrs can cause trouble for industrious projects. They can affect pipe connections and obstruct the flow of liquid through the pipes.
Fortunately, deburring is an easy process. You just take a utility knife and scrape it across the pipe wherever the burrs are, smoothing it down and removing the burrs. Finish the process by running sandpaper over the edges.
How to Join PVC Pipes and Fittings Together
Properly joining your PVC pipes is just as important as cutting and deburring your pipes with the right tools. Below you’ll find some of the different options for combining your pipes and fittings.
Glue and Adhesives
For some projects, you’ll need to bond your PVC pipe pieces together with adhesives. This is typically necessary for plumbing or irrigation projects to prevent leaks. The best products to use are PVC primer and PVC cement.
The primer prepares the pipe for adhesive, softening the surface and cleaning off any glaze. After that, you can use PVC cement to join the pieces.
PVC cement is often called “glue,” but that’s not entirely accurate. It actually chemically bonds the pieces of PVC together, making it impossible to separate them.
In many cases, adhesives aren’t necessary. There are other, less permanent ways to connect PVC pipes and fittings that are efficient for most at-home projects.
You can simply push the parts together to connect them — after all, they are made to fit snugly and securely. For extra security, apply a small amount of PVC tape around the seal.
If your project requires more stability, you can also drill through the piping and secure the pipes together with pins. The pins are easy to remove if you need to reposition or move your pipes.
Choose Your Own Cutting and Gluing Adventure
When choosing your cutting and gluing methods, you need to consider what your project entails.
Specialty plumbing projects might require creative cuts with cable saws and the permanent bond that comes with adhesives. For many other at-home projects, you might stick with simpler methods.
With the right cutting and gluing methods in place, you’ll be on your way to a successful home improvement project in no time!
Mark Ligon is the marketing manager at PVCFittingsOnline.com, which supplies, among other things, PVC pipes, fittings, valves and plumbing supply.