• DIY PVC Wine Rack



    PVC Wine Rack with BottlesWine racks have been around as long as wine bottles. They can be made from virtually any material and can hold hundreds of bottles or just a few. The sheer number of wine rack variations is mind-boggling and can make it hard to decide on one for your home. A great alternative to buying one is to make your own modern-looking DIY wine rack. And what better material to build it from than PVC?

    When shopping for a wine rack, people often encounter two problems: high prices and incompatible sizes. Pre-made wine racks are sometimes seen as a luxury item, so they are priced accordingly. They can also be made too big or too small for the space you have available. A large rack will simply not fit, and a small one could look awkward. However, you can create a DIY PVC wine rack at a reasonable price to fit whatever space you have available! Keep reading to learn how to make your very own.

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  • DIY PVC Tote Storage Organizer



    pvc tote storage organizer with totesOne of the best and simplest storage solutions is plastic totes. These tubs are lightweight and stackable, which makes them ideal containers for seasonal decorations and other knick-knacks. The problem with totes is that they often end up stacked indiscriminately in the garage or shed, and it can be hard to find an efficient way to stack them. You may need an item from the tote at the bottom of the stack and have to move all the other totes to get to that one item which is a hassle and can be difficult for someone with back or joint problems. To make organization and storage of plastic totes easy, use this DIY PVC tote storage organizer.

    This project will show you how to make a system of PVC "shelves" that can be adjusted and customized to your particular needs. Because no two totes are the same, the measurements we use may not be right for you. Be sure to measure your totes before cutting any pipe for this DIY garage storage system. You can easily change the measurements to your liking! If you make this DIY PVC storage and then purchase a tote that is too big for it, you have the ability to deconstruct individual sections of the shelving and reconstruct it to your liking. We got the idea for this project from Kelsey, whose original blog post can be found here.

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  • Tips to Help With Choosing the Right Valve for Your Project



    Valves are useful pieces of equipment that help control, limit, and shut off flow in a system. In a garden irrigation system, you could use valves to control when different plants get watered. While it is universally agreed that valves are helpful, choosing the right valve can be frustrating. We hear many customers make statements like these: "So many types exist! Some of them do similar things! I don't know what types of valves to use!"

    No worries! Here at PVC Fittings Online, we carry all the major valve variations. In this blog post, we will outline what makes each unique. For basic users, the most important thing to remember is that a valve does one of two things: shut off or regulate. Some valves can do either/both, but this is a simple way to think of what you need a valve to do. It could help you in picking the right valve. We will now cover each of the major valve categories.

    Ball Valves

    pvc ball valve choosing the right valve grayBall valves are a good example of a shut off valve. They use a spherical seating to stop or allow flow. The ball has a hole through the center, so fluid can pass through when the handle is turned to the "on" position. When the handle is turned 90 degrees to the "off" position, fluid hits the solid side of the ball and is stopped.

    The PVC ball valve pictured has been taken apart so you can see its inner workings. This one uses rubber O-rings to ensure a tight seal. Ball valves are shut off valves because they are not typically designed to be opened partially. They are meant to be completely open or completely closed. Depending on the type of ball valve you purchase, they may commit a bit of pressure drop. This is because the hole in the valve's ball typically has a smaller diameter than the pipeline itself.

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  • Fiberglass vs. Polycarbonate Electrical Enclosures - What's the Difference?



    plastic vs fiberglass electrical enclosures gray lift off screw coverElectrical enclosures are a very common piece of hardware with a wide range of uses. They are available in many shapes and sizes, acting as a case or cabinet for electrical equipment. This equipment includes things such as switches, knobs, and displays. Electrical enclosures keep these pieces of equipment out of the elements. However, electrical enclosures also protect users. They can be used to house high-voltage electrical elements that could injure someone if they are not careful. The utility of electrical enclosures is undeniable, but there is one war that experts continue to fight: plastic vs fiberglass electrical enclosures.

    The term "plastic" is a blanket term that typically covers many different materials, including polycarbonates which often compose electrical enclosures. A great deal of these enclosures are made with fiberglass as well, which is not a polycarbonate. Therefore, many professionals and experts would debate on "polycarbonate vs fiberglass enclosures." As we will read below, each material has its own strengths and weaknesses. Which material to use will depend on what you need it for. Continue reading for the pros and cons of each of these great materials.

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  • PVC Shovel / Rake Holder - DIY Guide



    Any homeowner will tell you that garage storage is difficult. Things are always ending up in the wrong place, and finding a spot for all your stuff can be nearly impossible. The most common culprits of not being where they belong are tools, such as rakes and shovels. They lie on the ground or propped up against the wall, where they can easily fall right back down to the ground. Many pre-made tool-holding solutions are available, but they can be expensive and may not exactly suit your needs. Make your own custom DIY rake holder instead!

    Creative people all over the world have developed their own version of the DIY rake holder, many of which are made of PVC pipe. PVC is a great material that is strong and inexpensive. It is also the perfect shape for holding rakes and shovels! This post highlights some of our favorite designs from across the internet. Materials are listed under each, as well as links to full instructions for each project. Each project only requires a few materials, so building these will not cost much out of pocket, especially if you already have screws around.

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  • PVC Pipe Towel Rack



    It feels like the year has just started, but summer is right around the corner! This means it’s time to start thinking about that pool in the backyard. "Is it clean? Do we still have pool toys? Should we get more towels?" The preparation is endless, and it's easy to sink a lot of money into getting ready for summer. A simple DIY towel rack is extremely useful and will not break the bank. In this blog post, we will show how you can create your own PVC pipe towel rack with inexpensive, durable materials.

    There are countless different ways of making towel racks out of PVC. It is a very straightforward item: all you need are bars to hang towels on. However, some are better-looking or more creative than others, so we will highlight a few projects that we found most interesting. These PVC towel racks vary in size and and carrying capacity, so be sure to pick one that will fit your needs.

    PVC Towel and Toy Rack

    pvc pipe towel rack pool toys backyard

    This PVC pipe towel rack can hold plenty of towels (4-8) and has an extremely strong design. It is also large enough to balance pool noodles and other pool toys against, so it can function as a go-to pool storage area. Also, the unique triangular shape looks great! What's not to love? For the full guide on how to build this PVC towel rack, click the picture or this link.

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  • DIY PVC Garage Organization / Storage Ideas



    I heard something unbelievable the other day: some people park their cars in their garage! Crazy, right? For the chosen few who have been gifted with organizational expertise, keeping a garage clean enough to house vehicles in is easy. But for the rest of us, it is a real challenge. There is just too much stuff cluttering up our homes, so we put it in the garage to figure out later. Even the items that are supposed to be in the garage (rakes, tools, etc.) find themselves lying in a pile on the floor or on the work bench.

    Here at PVC Fittings Online, we understand the struggle of keeping your garage organized, so we have compiled this list of some great DIY PVC garage storage ideas. PVC is the perfect material to use for garage organization as it is lightweight, easy to find, strong, and inexpensive. To view more detailed instructions for any of these DIY garage organization projects, click each image.

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  • Viton vs. EPDM Seals - What's the Difference?



    true union ball check valve with viton seals o-ring

    Despite seeming like a small detail, a valve's O-ring material is very important. The material can dictate the temperature tolerance of a seal. It can also give the seal certain chemical resistances, with some types of rubber being compatible with difference fluids. Two common materials for true union ball valves are Viton and EPDM.

    Viton (shown in image on the right) is a synthetic rubber with a high chemical and temperature resistance. EPDM, which stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer, has its own set of properties that make it an extremely popular O-ring material. When comparing Viton vs. EPDM, several factors must be considered: temperature tolerance, chemical compatibility, and cost. Continue reading for the full comparison.

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  • Building a Dust Collection System with PVC Piping



    pile of sawdust in shopIf you do any sort of carpentry or woodwork, you know how annoying sawdust can be. It gets in every nook and cranny and is an enormous hassle to clean up. For this reason, many shop owners set up a central dust collection system that is built into their shop. The idea is to prevent sawdust from making a mess by collecting it as soon as it's created. Building a dust collection system is easier said than done, however. To effectively collect dust, your central system must be hooked up to each piece of equipment.

    Because so many different saws and shop appliances exist, dust collection adapters do not exist for every single one. In this case you may need to create your own dust collection piping. Doing this is not too difficult or expensive if you use the right parts. The least expensive piping you can get is PVC. Using PVC pipe for dust collection is cost-effective and easy if you follow a few guidelines. This post is based on a design by WoodMagazine.com. For more info on carpentry projects, check out their website!

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  • Can You Use PVC Piping for Compressed Air?



    broken pvc pipe compressed air accidentPVC piping is inexpensive, versatile, and strong, considering how much it costs. It can transport liquids of all kinds, as it is highly corrosion-resistant. Despite how much it can do, there are certain jobs that PVC pipe just can't handle. One of those jobs is compressed air.

    When using PVC pipe with compressed air, you run serious risks. The most dangerous of these is that of explosion. If put under stress that it cannot handle, PVC pipe can explode, sending plastic shrapnel flying. There have been numerous cases of this happening in compressed air applications, so OSHA does not allow the transportation of compressed gases in above-ground applications.

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