The Best Methods for Cutting and Gluing PVC Pipe

Man without gloved hands cuts pvc pipe and creates burrs in the process
This homeowner should be wearing cut-resistant gloves when hacksawing pipe. The hacksaw will produce jagged edges, so he will also need to deburr the pipe after making the cut. (DepositPhotos)

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.


Man with gloved hands joins pipes with fittings
How you join PVC pipes and fittings together often depends on the project’s purpose. (DepositPhotos)

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.

Man in blue jumpsuit applies pvc cement to pvc pipes
PVC primer and cement are the perfect duo for joining pipes and fittings. (DepositPhotos)

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.

Other Methods

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.


Man with gloved hands cuts stacks of blue pipes with pvc cutters
Cutting and gluing pipes is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Each project has its own requirements. (DepositPhotos)

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.


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