Best Practices When Joining PVC Pipes
PVC is ridiculously easy to build with due to its sheer versatility and robustness. However, to ensure your entire pipe system is completely secure you must pay particular attention to how everything fits together. This means more than just the structure of your system, it means how each section joins together within the structure. Luckily, taking care of this is just as quick and easy!
There are actually two common methods for joining PVC pipe fittings. There is the solvent method, often referred to as the cement method, or the fastening method. The latter uses a fastener connection to secure a strong joint.
The PVC Solvent Method
Many people mistake this method as gluing two bits of plastic together. This is simply not the case. PVC cement doesn’t stick fittings together, it actually welds them! The solvent melts the surface of the PVC and literally infuses them together. This takes around 30 seconds to occur but once set, two pieces become one! This means your entire structure becomes one fused solid unit.
Top Tips When Using PVC Cement
· Double check everything before cementing it all together and potentially wasting your time! Test your structure first and make sure you have the right measurements.
· Everything should be clean and free of dirt for the infusion process to take effect properly.
· Make sure your pipe is inserted all the way into your fitting. Try tap into place with a small mallet if you cannot push it in completely by hand.
· Always allow at least 30 seconds for the cement to set.
· Avoid applying the cement anywhere other than where you need it.
· You can use them for pool fittings as well.
The PVC Fastener Technique
You can also securely attach PVC pipes and fittings together using screws, otherwise known as fasteners. This is not a permanent connection and can be ‘unscrewed’ — but it is still structurally strong. By employing the fastener technique, you can reuse or reposition your pipes and fittings as and when required. This method is not as strong as PVC cement.
Top Tips for Fastening PVC
· Use a mallet or small piece of wood to ensure your pipes are securely and completely pushed into the fitting.
· Make a pilot hole into the side of your fitting. This should be about halfway between where the pipe and fitting meet.
· Use a screwdriver to simply screw your PVC in place. Go through the pilot hole, making sure your choice of screw is long enough to go through both the fitting and the pipe.
Which Method is Better?
To be fair, both methods work extremely well. PVC cement is highly recommended if you want the most secure and stable option. But there is no flexibility with this method as once it is up, it’s up! The biggest advantage of the fastener method is that it is temporary. You can swap and change your structure easily by unfastening and starting again.
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