PVC Fittings Use and Installation

by | Feb 19, 2016 | Piping And Plumbing Fittings

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PVC, otherwise known as polyvinyl chloride, is a white or light-colored plastic often used for pipes. It is commonly used in home plumbing, and is durable and fairly inexpensive. It can be used for plumbing intended to be used for either hot or cold water. Each of the PVC fittings, comes etched with a rating and diameter.

No matter what type of PVC fittings you require for your job or project, here at Flex PVC we will advise and assist you in your purchase. We carry all kinds of fittings in all of the standard sizes and shapes to meet your needs.

Uses for PVC Fittings

These types of fittings are an important aspect of pipes and plumbing systems. They are used in various systems to attach sections of straight pipe or tubing, as well as to adjust the fittings to various sizes or shapes, and can also be used for other things like measuring or regulating the flow of fluid.

The bodies are normally also made of PVC materials, but can be used with any compatible materials. Fittings are made to fit both male and female connections and thread standards.

How to Install Them

PVC fittings are something that the average does it yourselfer or handy person can do on their own, but it’s possible you might need a permit for an intended job. Be sure to check with your local community building department for their requirements and regulations.

In order to install the fittings, you will need gear such as a pipe saw or pipe cutter that is made for plastic, as well as a deburring tool or knife edge, an applicator half the pipe diameter, a natural bristle brush and a dauber. The materials needed include your required size of pipes and fittings, primer, a dry cloth, solvent cement, and Teflon tape.

First, you must remove any excess cement on the fitting piece of pipe, and if it has to be cut, be sure to cut it square with the axis, as an angled cut could ruin it. Get rid of any pipe burs with the deburr tool or knife edge and bevel the pipe’s end 10 to 15 degrees.

Make sure the pipe fittings are clean and dry by wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Dry fit the connection and notice it should fit about a half to a third of the way inside the fitting hub. Apply the appropriate amount of cement inside the fitting, apply primer to the fitting socket and work it into the surface, then apply a second coat after that is done. Get rid of any excess primer. Make sure to join the pipe settings before the cement gets hard.

When putting in PVC fittings, be sure to follow all appropriate safety measures and read any warnings posted for primers and cements, as well as be sure to only work in adequately ventilated spaces.