Polyvinyl-chloride (PVC) pipe is used in a variety of applications, from plumbing to wiring. When gluing PVC pipe, it is important to get the connections straight, cut the PVC straight and, most importantly, create a leak-proof connection. The glue is extremely fast-drying, and the best tip is to work very fast and have the pieces ready to be positioned prior to applying the glue to the first piece. Another tip is to always apply the glue to both pieces that are being joined. It is also best to wear old clothes and gloves that can be disposed of after this often-messy project is completed.
Installing PVC pipe is common in most construction projects that include water or electric wiring. One of the best methods of connecting PVC pipe is gluing PVC pipe sections and fittings into place. The actual act of connecting the PVC is not gluing, however, it is actually welding through the use of chemicals that meld the pipe together. Most people understand the concept of gluing better than that of welding, however, so the process is known as gluing.
One tip to ensure a proper connection is to make an even and smooth cut on the PVC pipe. This can be done by using a pencil to trace around a piece of tape that is placed around the pipe at the correct measurement. It is also possible to simply cut along the edge of the applied tape. Once cut to length, it is a good tip to sand the rough edges of the cut PVC with sandpaper in order to create a good joint. It is a common misconception that primer does not need to be used when gluing PVC pipe unless the application is for water containment. A good tip to promote a solid connection every time, however, is to never skip the primer.
When gluing PVC pipe, a helpful tip is to pre-assemble all connections and place a pencil mark on the connection joint. This will provide a reference mark when positioning the connection after gluing. After applying the primer and the glue to both pieces, the connection is placed on the PVC pipe at a 90-degree angle and twisted until both marks are aligned. The glue dries very fast, so this must be a rapid process. Another tip is to always use enough glue to completely cover the outside of the pipe.