Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • How to Install a Tank Adapter


    How to Install a Tank Adapter - Simple Instructions

    Tank adapters are extremely useful in many fields. They make it possible to create a line out of a tank or container. They work by creating a seal from the inside of the tank with an opening through it. The adapter is held in place by a nut that is screwed over the adapter on the outside of the tank. Want to know how to install your own bulkhead fittings? See the easy instructions below.


      1. 1. Drain the tankIf you can’t drain the tank below where the adapter will be installed, prepare for a LOT of leakage and a sub-par install. You need to be able to work comfortably in and outside the tank.


      1. 2. Drill your hole. Your hole should be able to just fit the bulkhead through it without gaps on the sides. It’s a good idea to practice by drilling some sample hole sizes in scrap material first.


      1. 3. Install the inside of the adapter. The main part of the bulkhead will be installed through the inside of the tank. TIP – If your tank is deep and hard to access, fish a lead through the top and out the hole you just made. Then send the adapter down over the lead. It should follow right to the hole so you can feed it through.


      1. 4. Screw on the outside of the tank adapter. Once your bulkhead is fed through the hole and is sticking out, it’s time to screw on the outside nut. Make sure this is at least hand tight, but not over tightened. Test the seal by filling the tank up beyond the bulkhead.


    1. 5. Hook up your pipe or valve. Once your bulkhead is in you can attach your pipeline to adapter. You should be good to go!

  • How is PVC measured?

     PVC Pipe Measurements - Explained




    How is PVC pipe measured? The basic sizes of PVC pipe are in inches and schedule - but those sizes don't tell you the exact measurement of a piece of pipe. For that you will need to consult the seller or manufacturer for a few bits of information. There are three common measurements used to describe PVC pipe. They are: Inner Diameter (I.D.), Outer Diameter (O.D.). and Wall Thickness. From these measurements you should be able to tell if a piece of pipe will fit into or over anything you need. View the diagram above for details on what exactly each of these measurements covers. You will see them demonstrated in both a side view and a straight on view of a piece of pipe.


  • Furniture Grade PVC

    pvc-furnitureWhat is furniture grade PVC?

    PVC pipe was designed in the 1920’s to be lighter, cheaper, and easier to use than old style metal and cement piping. Builders and plumbers loved how quickly they could install it, and how well the pipe held up over time. Over the years PVC has become a household name, and today pipe and fittings can be found in most hardware stores around the US.

    Realizing PVC’s low cost, accessibility, and favorable building qualities, many people began to experiment with it. Search the internet and you’ll find hundreds of ideas for things you can create from PVC pipe and fittings. They range from dog agility equipment to home décor, to full outdoor furniture sets. As this sort of PVC use became more and more popular, there arose a need for specialty parts that didn’t exist for plumbing use. Several manufacturers began making PVC pipe and fittings for a whole new purpose – building custom structures, contraptions, and furniture. These special parts and any PVC parts created for similar purposes are referred to as furniture grade PVC. Continue reading

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