Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Parts Needed to Install a Butterfly Valve

    Installing a Butterfly Valve - What You Need

    We often get questions about what is needed to properly install a butterfly valve in line. Here we'll go over everything you need and show you where to find it on

    Besides your surrounding pipe line this is what you'll need for installation:

    (1) Butterfly Valve

    (2) Flanges

    Stud Kit including nuts and washers

    Torque Wrench

    Combination Wrench


    The mistake many buyers make is forgetting the two flanges required for each valve you're installing. Even wafer style valves require 2 flanges. These should be the same size as your valve and may be one piece or loose ring style flanges. This will allow the surrounding pipe line to connect snugly with the butterfly valve.

    Most butterfly valves do not require extra gaskets. All the butterfly valves available on for example have built in seals that sit against your flanges and prevent leakage.

    Depending on the size of your butterfly valve, and flanges (which should both be the same size) - you may need a stud kit with 4, 8, or 12 studs. PVC Fittings Online makes this easy by naming our kits by the same size as the valve and flange. That means to install a 4" valve you will need (2) 4" flanges, and (1) 4" stud kit. Our stud packs come in stainless steel and zinc coated options.

    Use the torque and combination wrenches in conjunction to properly install and tighten the nuts. Refer to the flange installation instructions provided by the manufacturers for tightening patterns. Yes, there is a special way to properly tighten flange fasteners! Remember, the valve should be sandwiched in as follows: flange, valve, flange.


  • Decorative Burlap Tower - How To

    Decorative Burlap Tower Project


    I was experimenting with some left over burlap material I had laying around, and I came across an easy way to turn fabric into a fun decorative element. I imagine pairing this burlap tower with dried flowers for fall or filling it with ornaments for the holidays. Here’s how I made it:

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  • How to Remove Markings and Bar Codes From PVC

    Remove Markings from PVC - How To

    DIY People and PVC Lovers - This is for you!

    Remove those pesky markings and bar codes manufacturers leave on pipe. This simple trick will have your PVC projects really shining!

    What You Need:

    - Acetone

    - Rag / Cloth

    Saturate a part of the cloth with acetone (which can be found in standard nail polish remover). Rub the marked up PVC pipe or fitting to remove the print and dirt. Repeat until clean.

    This process actually removes that outer layer of PVC from the pipe. This makes the PVC shiny and white. Plus, it creates a slightly rougher surface that paint will adhere to more easily. I recommend this trick before any PVC project that requires a nice finish or painting.


  • DIY Reading Tents

    DIY Reading Tents - Top 3 Picks


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