How to Glue PVC Pipe

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PVC pipe is a commonly used material in a variety of home improvement builds and projects. If you want to ensure that you?re creating durable and secure connections that are leak-proof and built to last, you?ll want to follow this step-by-step guide to get it right.

In this article, we?ll go in-depth on how to glue PVC pipe and discuss the details of the process. You?ll learn about the materials you need, how to prepare for the project, and best practices so that it goes smoothly.

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The first thing you need to know about creating connections between PVC pipes is that they are permanent. While fastening the pieces together is often referred to as gluing them, what you?re actually doing when you use a solvent is creating a weld.

The cement used melts the surfaces of the PVC plastic, and the curing material allows them to meld together and fuse after about 30 seconds. This not only creates a permanent connection but also enables you to build a solid structure without any risk of leaks or weak points like you would see in a normal sealant that could erode or break over time.

Before you start any DIY project, it?s helpful to outline the steps in the process so that you know the materials you need to see it through.ÿ

PVC Pipe Cutter or another mechanismto make the slice like a hacksaw

PVC Pipe Cutter or another mechanismto make the slice like a hacksaw
Tape Measure
Pencil
Sandpaper
Vice (to hold the pipe steady andprevent rolling)

Safety goggles or glasses

Gloves that won?t deteriorate whenused with chemicals

Safety goggles or glasses
Gloves that won?t deteriorate whenused with chemicals
A respirator

For most PVC pipe builds and repairs, you?ll first need to measure and cut the pipe, then dry fit your design, prep your space to glue, and then complete the gluing process. Below, we?ll outline each of these steps in detail and give you tips and best practices that are easy to follow.

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The first step of your project is assembling all of your needed materials, and that includes PVC pipe of the appropriate size. You can visit a local hardware store to purchase pre-cut pieces, or you can do the measurements and slicing at home.

To do it yourself, you?ll need:

Start by taking the measurements, and do the longest pieces you?ll need for your project first. Use the tape measure to find the exact distance and mark it on the pipe with a pencil. It?s always smart to measure twice before you make the cut.

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Next, place the pipe into a PVC pipe cutter and line up your pencil mark exactly with the cutter blade. If you?re using another method, like a hacksaw, follow this same process but ensure that the tube is held in place with a vice or miter box and won?t roll or move as you make the slice.

After you?ve portioned out all of your sections, use sandpaper to take off any rough edges or burrs. We recommend an 80 to 100-grit paper, or a medium flat file to get the job done.

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