How to run a PVC water pipe

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How to run a PVC water pipe
Use PVC cement to fasten the pipe to the fittings. (coude en pvc de 45° (2) image by Marie-Thérèse GUIHAL from

Running a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) water pipe can seem like a daunting task to someone who has never done it before. Installing PVC pipe can be a fairly easy project, depending on how much pipe you are installing and where you are planning on installing it. The PVC pipe can be cut to any length and joined together, angled or split with a variety of different fittings. PVC pipe is sold in various diameters to fit your needs. The process of installing different diameter pipes is basically the same.

Things you need

  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Handsaw or power saw
  • PVC cement
  • Sandpaper
  • Utility knife

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  1. 1

    Measure the pipe and mark it at the length you need. Use a handsaw or power saw to cut the pipe. Use a utility knife to remove any burrs on the pipe.

  2. 2

    Check that the pipe fits into the pipe fitting snugly. It may be necessary to file the pipe a small amount for a proper fit.

  3. 3

    Use a fine grit sandpaper to sand the glossy finish from the outside of the pipe, as well as the inside of the fitting. Clean any dust or debris from the pipe and the fitting.

  4. 4

    Brush the liquid cement on the pipe as well as on the inside of the fitting. Join the pipe and fitting immediately. Twist the pipe one-quarter turn inside the fitting to spread the cement evenly. Wipe any excess cement from the outside of the pipe and fitting. Hold the pipe in place for at least 1 minute. Wait at least 1 hour before running water through the pipe. In temperatures colder than -6.67 degrees C (20 degrees F), wait 4 hours before running water through the pipe.

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