PVC pipe is a great alternative to wood and steel. It is lightweight and inexpensive. PVC will not warp or rust when exposed to the elements. Pipes can either be cut with a hacksaw or power saw and don't require any special tools or skills to join together. Since the pipes are connected using pop-together fittings and not nails or screws, many PVC projects can be fun for the whole family. Pop-together joints can be made permanent with PVC glue or screws.
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Greenhouses and Garden Structures
Websites like PVCPlans.com offer free plans to build large and small greenhouses and storage units using PVC pipe for the entire frame. Frame designs vary depending on the size of the structures. Larger structures require PVC pipe to bend creating an arched or dome top roof. Smaller structures use special fitting to form a peaked roof design. Regardless of the structural design, greenhouses and other structures will require additional materials to complete the project. Additional materials include ground stakes, netting or plastic covering and screws.
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PVC Workshop offers many free plans to create helpful household organizational aids. Plans range from trash bag dispensers and toothbrush holders to clothing racks and end tables. Other plans include a laptop holder and an elevated laptop desk. Many of the designs require only a few simple cuts and joints. The site also offers helpful tips for how to organise tools and small household items using PVC end caps, without having to make any cuts.
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Back Yard and Garage Helpers
Both PVCPlans and PVCWorkshop offer plans to help keep the backyard and garage neat and organised. The sites offer plans for a PVC garden hose caddie, tomato plant stake, extension cord wrapper, tool organisers and shop vac accessories. PVCPlans.com has a user submitted plan for a custom trash bag holder. The plans can be used for a variety of bag sizes and would be ideal for backyard barbecues and parties. The site also has plans for a custom PVC foot washer, which is a big help keeping the pool clean and free of dirt and grass.
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Toys and Fun
Best PVC Plans offers free plans for PVC toys, including a marshmallow shooter. DP's Bargain Basement has several videos posted that show how to build a marble maze, sports goal and even a catapult. For a more complex project, the website PVCBuggy.com offers plans to build a PVC framed vehicle. The site has information to build both petal powered and electric motor vehicles. DP's Bargain Basement also provides free videos for building similar vehicles.