How to Join PVC Pipe


It's easy to build a PVC pipe, but there is a crucial step to make sure that your structure is strong enough that connects everything together. Pipe made of polyvinyl chloride is used in a variety of residential applications right from plumbing systems to even furniture. Joining a pipe to fittings will require some specially formulated cement or primer. This is not an ordinary adhesive yet a chemical solvent that melts the surface of the PVC. 

Just apply the primer to the outside of the pipe and inside of the fitting, after 10 seconds apply cement to the same areas and then insert the pipe into the fitting which allows the cement to set properly.

Let's discuss some easy steps to follow for connecting PVC pipe and fittings:

Cut the Proper Pipe Length

Use proper tools to cut when dealing with PVS pipe. A nice square cut will allow for a great fit with another square cut component. Suppose the cuts are uneven then you will find it hard to hook the ends together. This may result in leaks. A power miter saw or other hand tools can give you that perfect square cut that you need.

Remove Saw Burrs from the Inside of the Pipe

You may small saw burrs inside the pipe after you cut the tubing. It can cause a variety of problems. Pipes will not fit together perfectly which will cause water leaks and other problems. By quickly sanding off these tiny saw burrs with a hand sander you can get the best fit for PVC fittings and pipe.

Mark the Pipe How You Want it to Connect Together

This is a crucial task once you apply your cement onto your PVC pipe because within a second you've to connect the pipe together. If you marked the parts exactly then you can easily match them up.

Apply Primer, Cement, and Connect

You want a primer, which allows for a stronger bond, and then make sure your pipe end gets a good layer of cement around it. Each piece should be well covered with primer and cement to last longer.

Connecting PVC Pipe and Fittings via PVC Solvents

The PVC cement melts the surface of the plastic and rests it for 30 seconds which permanently fuses them together. 

For External Fittings

Ensure both the pipe and fitting are clean of any dust or dirt.  This is especially true if using plumbing PVC pipe.

Double-check how you want items to be connected (angles, direction, etc.).  Do a test-fit first, to make sure everything fits together as you want it.

Apply a small amount of PVC cement to the inside of the fitting. This will permanently attach the pipe to its fittings.

Insert the pipe into the fitting and hold for 30 seconds. Use a mallet or piece of wood to tap the pipe into place, if you can't insert it fully by hand.

Use the above tips to join your PVC pipe.