• 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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  • How to Operate and Actuate a Butterfly Valve



     

    butterfly valve with blue handle and packingButterfly valves are one of the most useful valves a piping system can have. They give an operator the ability to start, stop, or restrict flow in a system. This can be especially useful if repairs, cleanings, or alterations need to be made to a system and you want to ensure no fluid comes through the pipes.

    Despite its name, a butterfly valve doesn't really look much like a butterfly. Butterfly valves are quarter-turn valves, meaning they go from completely open to completely closed in 90 degrees. The "butterfly" name comes from the fact that the disc, or "wings," moves around a central axis, which acts like the body of a butterfly. But there is much more to butterfly valves than the central disc.

     

     

    Butterfly Valve Components

    Butterfly valves are, at their most basic level, made up of a disc, seat, body, and actuator. Most have more parts than those, but they are the necessary components of a butterfly valve. The illustration below shows where each of those parts are located.

    different components of butterfly valve orange handle

    Actuator: This part is also called a handle or operator. It controls how far opened or closed the butterfly valve is. It is often a handle that moves 90 degrees, but can also be a spigot-like turning handle. On the valve above, you would squeeze the handle to operate the actuator.

    Seat: The seat of a butterfly valve is usually made of some kind of rubber. It ensures that there will be a tight and secure seal when the valve is in the closed position. If a butterfly valve stops operating correctly, there is a good chance the seat has been damaged in some way.

    Disc: The disc is what gives a butterfly valve its name. When the disc turns, the valve opens, giving the disc a butterfly-like appearance. The disc is moved by the actuator, and can be fully closed, fully opened, or anything in-between.

    BodyThe body of a butterfly valve is what enables it to be connected to pipes and fittings. It is everything around the seat of the valve and makes up a good deal of the valve's structure.

    What is Actuation and Why is it Important?

    pvc butterfly valve with metal turning handleActuate literally means, "to put into action." Therefore, when you actuate a butterfly valve, you are putting it into action. The default state for a butterfly valve is closed; this allows no fluid to pass through. If you want fluid to flow through with hardly any reduction in flow pressure, you turn the handle 90 degrees to fully actuate the butterfly valve.

    When people usually talk about actuation in butterfly valves, they are actually talking about automation. When a butterfly valve has to be opened to a very specific degree, you may choose to get an electrically actuated butterfly valve. These can also be helpful if your butterfly valve needs to be opened and closed frequently.

    What makes these valves so valuable and different from others is that they have more than two positions. The can be opened anywhere from 0 to 90 degrees. The further they are opened, the more fluid they will let through. While some piping systems have no need for partial flow, many others do.

    Gas: When regulating flow of compressed air or other gases, controlling how much gas flows through is often extremely important. Butterfly valves work just as well with gases as they do with liquids. When properly used, these valves can act as dampers to control flow so that only the specified amount passes through.

    Liquid: The obvious application for butterfly valves is liquid transfer. In agriculture and manufacturing, regulating the flow of water and other liquids is vital. If you allow too much water through an irrigation system, you could over-water produce, destroying your crops. Butterfly valves allow you to choose how much or how little liquid you want to pass through a system.


    In conclusion, butterfly valves have a huge amount of utility and are easy to use, even in industrial applications where specific butterfly valves made of CPVC are required. With a quarter-turn of the handle, they completely shut on or off. They also allow for partial opening, which means the operator has complete control of how much fluid passes through a system! Find this valve and many more online at PVCFittingsOnline.com



  • DIY Complete Photo Booth Using PVC



     

    It's almost Christmas, and the excitement in the air is palpable! For many people, however, 'tis the season for wedding planning! The warm months of June-October are the most popular times to get married, so those getting married in the middle of next year are deep in preparation for the big day. If you have gone to a wedding anytime recently, you have probably seen or even used a photo booth.

    When you conjure up the image of a photo booth in your mind, you might think of the dark, cramped photo booth that used to be in your mall. This isn't the most glamorous thought, but never fear! This article will give you all the knowledge you need to make a spacious, bright, and fun photo booth that will capture all the memories from your special day! Renting a photo booth can be expensive, costing several hundred dollars for one day. This one can cost under $50 and can be reused! That's a great value if I've ever seen one.

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  • Is Using PVC Pipe for Potable Water Safe?



     

    These days, contractors have a number of great options when it comes to home plumbing pipe. The industry standard is copper pipe, as it is strong and compatible with a wide range of fittings and pipes. Another emerging favorite is PEX tubing, a flexible and durable piping option. The main problems with these plumbing materials are their high price tag. PVC is a cost-effective and durable option for potable water.

    For this reason, many thrifty contractors and home improvement enthusiasts turn to PVC pipe (product) and CPVC pipe (product) for their home plumbing needs. It is also a great insulator, so outside environments will not affect the heat of water inside the pipe. While many people only use PVC for drainage and cleanouts, it can be the sole piping material in a home when used in conjunction with CPVC. In this article, I will address some of the most common questions about using PVC for potable water.

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  • 4 Popular Applications for True Union Ball Valves



     

    PVC true union ball valves are a versatile valve. They allow fluid to flow through when in the "on" position and completely stop it when in the "off" position; all it takes is a 90-degree turn of the handle! The word "ball" comes from the semi-spherical shape of the inside of the valve. This causes the pipeline pressure to decrease gradually and saves the insides of the valve from damage that can be caused by fluid hitting against a flat surface. "True union" is a term that means this valve has multiple parts. The central body of true union ball valves can be unscrewed and removed from a pipeline, eliminating the need to completely disassemble a pipeline for routine valve maintenance and cleaning.

    These valves have a great number of practical applications, from fire safety to gas and oil transportation. Practically any job that requires starting and stopping flow can be improved by adding a ball valve, and the true union design makes maintenance easy.

    1. Irrigation Systems

    One of the most common uses of PVC valves is for drip irrigation systems. Often, these systems are placed over a large backyard garden and used to water a variety of different plants and vegetables. With no valves, all of the different produce would receive the same amount of water. If the irrigation is positioned in rows, one over each type of plant or vegetable, a true union ball valve can be placed right at the beginning of each row. This means that water flow can be cut off from certain rows when they do not need watering. This helps customize and increase the amount of control you have over your irrigation system and garden.
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  • Plastic vs. PVC



     

    Many people don't realize that PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a plastic. They also don't realize how many uses it has aside from piping. It is commonly used in imitation leather, shower curtains, window frames, and curtains. When curious people do an online search for "PVC vs Plastic," what they should really be searching for is "PVC and other plastics compared," so that is what I will do.

    PVC is an extremely versatile material which is most commonly used for piping because of its inexpensive production and high mechanical strength. In this post, we will outline the major properties of PVC and compare it to some other common plastics. For the highest-quality, least expensive PVC pipe and fittings available, check out our online store!

    Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

    gray and white pvc pipeAs a material, PVC has not changed much since 1926. It has high hardness and mechanical strength, meaning it is very strong. It has a low temperature tolerance, breaking down at temperatures over 140 degrees Fahrenheit and melting at temperatures over 160 degrees, unless it is put through an extra chlorination process; this makes it CPVC. As far as its electrical properties, PVC has good insulation, but, because it has polar elements to its composition, it has worse insulation than other plastics, such as polyethylene and polypropylene.

    PVC is extremely chemical-resistant, able to withstand acids, salts, bases, fats, and alcohols. For this reason, it is often used in sewage piping. It is even resistant to some solvents, such as fuel and paint thinners, but some may damage it; therefore, using PVC to drain or hold solvents isn't recommended. PVC can be produced in a variety of colors, but primarily comes in white, dark gray, or blue-ish clear. In addition to the applications listed in the introduction, PVC is used for home siding and gutters, skiing equipment, medical tubing, and much more.

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