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PVC Fittings Video

Sometimes working with PVC fittings is not as easy as they show on tv. There are steps to take to ensure you get leakproof joints. Did you know that the fittings are tapered? The opening at the top of the fitting is larger in diameter than at the bottom. This is ensure a tight fit as the pipe is inserted into the fitting. But this can work to your disadvantage. If you glue two pieces together and do not hold them until the glue is set, they can slide apart. Resulting in a leaky joint.

PVC fittings have special marking on them. There is normally a number indicating the size of the pipe required, for example a 2, indicating 2" pipe is required. There is a mark line offset 45 degrees to the size number. This is a helpful guide when gluing the pieces together and rotating them into the correct position.

Before glueing the pieces together, be sure to clean the areas to be glued. PVC primer, as well as PVC cement, is needed for the joints. The primer will soften and remove the gloss off the PVC allowing the cement to stick better.

Once primed, apply the cement inside the socket and on the outside of the pipe. Press the pieces together and rotate them about 45 to 90 degrees. Then hold them for about five seconds. This will keep them from sliding apart.

Read the labels on the prime and cement. They contain strong solvents and should be used in a well ventilated area. The warning labels will provide the information you need. They are also flammable. So be careful.

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