• What Kind of PVC Fitting Do I Need?

    Finding the right fit of PVC can be a hassle when you are working on a project. The biggest issue is the sizing is not always accurate. If you look at a piece of pipe, you will see an ID number on it. ID is the inside diameter of the pipe, which means that when looking for pipe, don't mistakenly measure the outside diameter for matching.

    So, if it says "1", that means it is supposed to be approximately one inch in diameter. The actual measurement of the ID can be anywhere from .95 inches to 1.09 inches. The reason is that when PVC is produced, it is difficult to make exact fit. So those measurements are within what is known as "nominal" range. Continue reading

  • DIY Snowman Ornaments

    This is the fourth DIY holiday craft project in our series of holiday inspired PVC crafts! This ornament project is simple, easy and inexpensive.

    Our simple DIY Christmas ornaments project only requires a handful of inexpensive materials and takes very little time to complete.

    You can decorate your PVC snowman ornaments using a variety of different types of ribbon to add character and personality to each of your snowmen. Depending on how large you want to make unique DIY Christmas ornaments, it will require three different sizes of PVC pipe to create the shape of the snowmen. Continue reading

  • Homemade Christmas Napkin Rings

    This is the third installment of DIY holiday season craft series! This project is extremely simple and inexpensive, but it can help you add some holiday sprinkle in your home.

    When it comes to holiday décor in your home, the dining room can really help you set the tone of Christmas cheer. Simple decorative items and small details in your dining room can help you make your dining room spectacularly decorated.

    Holiday themed place settings, plates and napkins help you create the holiday mood in your dining room. For an extra holiday touch, we created decorative DIY gold holiday napkin rings. These homemade napkin rings for Christmas only require a few materials and are simple to make. Continue reading

  • 7 Kid Friendly Holiday DIY Projects

    In honor of our love for DIY arts and crafts and the holiday season, we have compiled 7 different DIY holiday projects we found across the web that are not only fun and simple, but are also safe to involve your kids! Continue reading

  • PVC Pipe Holiday Wreath

    This is the second blog post in our series of DIY holiday season crafts! We are excited to continue sharing these DIY PVC holiday project ideas with you!

    DIY PVC Pipe Wreath

    A PVC pipe wreath can be a fun DIY craft project that will end with a unique outdoor décor item for your front door this holiday season. This DIY wreath project mainly consists of cut pieces of PVC pipe, as well as a few other items that can be found at your local hardware store.

    We chose to make our PVC wreath gold, but you can change up the look of yours by choosing a different color of spray paint.

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  • PVC Christmas Tree

    This holiday season the PVC Fittings Online team will be working on a series of DIY holiday crafts. We are excited to share these holiday craft ideas with you!


    DIY PVC Christmas Tree

    A PVC pipe Christmas tree can be a great, unique holiday décor item for your home this holiday season. This is a simple Christmas craft project that can be ideal for rooms with relatively less space, such as a smaller living room and can either be hung up or leaned up against a wall.

    You can build a PVC Christmas tree using simple, affordable materials that we sell here at PVC Fittings Online along with additional materials sold at your local home improvement store.

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  • Eagle Scout Builds PVC Dog Beds for Local Shelter

    Most people know that PVC parts are useful when it comes to plumbing or irrigation, but sometimes PVC parts can be used to make something really neat. Last month, Eagle Scout James O’Reilly decided for his Eagle project he would make something that improved the lives of dogs in need. He decided to build raised PVC dog beds and donate them to his local Humane Society.

    James spent weeks researching, procuring materials, and building the beds. Earlier this month he dropped them off at Blooming Grove Humane Society – 20 beds total! The result was lots of smiles and happy dogs.

    Donating the Beds to Humane Society Dropping off the PVC dog beds at James' local shelter.

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  • All About That Flange

    Piecing together a connection with flanges can be tough. Do you use a bolt kit or stud pack? Do you always use a gasket? At PVC Fittings Online we get it. We understand the frustration that comes with installing a flange, which is why we our team is equipped with the knowledge of the flange.

    Take a look at the type of flanges we offer:

    851-007Slip Flange – This flange allows an easy connection with solvent cement. The flange provides the perfect fit by slipping over the pipe. There are two types of slip flanges: one-piece and Van Stone. One piece flanges are solid molded parts. They require care when installing because the flange cannot be turned once glued into the pipe line.




    854-007Van Stone Flange – This is a two piece flange with a rotating ring that makes bolt alignment simple. Comes in slip and spigot styles to suit your application.




    852-007Threaded Flange – These flanges do not require solvent cement for installation. This flange has one female threaded end to connect to a male threaded fitting or nipple.




    856-007Spigot Flange – While slip flanges fit over PVC or CPVC pipe, spigot flanges fit into a PVC or CPVC fitting. These are great for giving a slip fitting a flanged end. Like slip flanges, these require solvent cement for installation.




    853-007Blind Flange – When a system flow needs to be stopped, the blind flange is the one for the job. These flanges do not connect to the pipe line in any glued or threaded fashion. They are simply bolted in place to another flanged connection. The effect is a sealed off end to that pipe line.




    Creating the proper connection:

    Flange on Flange – When creating the connection with two flanges, you must have a gasket and bolt kit. The recommended gasket to use is the full face EPDM gasket. Choose from zinc and stainless steel bolt materials depending on your application. Stainless steel is often used in outdoor environments whereas zinc is a less expensive, yet more corrosive material. When purchasing from PVC Fittings Online, the bolt kit and gasket will be categorized as the same size as the flange. The bolt kit comes with all the fasteners you need to connect flanges.

    Flange, Valve, Flange – In situations with mounting a valve between flanges, you will need a gasket (for non-wafer style valves) and a stud pack. The stud packs are also available in zinc and stainless steel. The stud packs come with studs, washers, and nuts to provide a tight hold.

    Without knowing what type of flange you need and what seals and fasteners are required, it can be tough to plan for a project. If you feel overwhelmed or frustrated with a PVC project you’re planning, feel free to call us at PVC Fittings Online for help!


  • How to Make a PVC Marshmallow Shooter / Blow Gun

    Even though the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, it’s time to prepare for spring and summer activities. PVC Marshmallow shooters are fun, easy, and affordable. Whether your child is pretending to be a secret agent or just playing marshmallow tag, they will surely be prepared with this simple-to-make PVC marshmallow blow gun. There is no age limit with using a marshmallow shooter, so adults are free game. Best of all you can find all the PVC pipe and fittings needed right here - for cheap!

    Here's the list of PVC products you'll need for the marshmallow shooter:

    *When ordering your PVC fittings, it is important to make sure all the fittings have socket ends. This allows the pipe to slip into place easily.

    The first step is to cut the Schedule 40 pipe. The total amount of pipe needed for each shooter is 27”. You will need to cut five 3” pieces, a 5” inch piece and a 7” inch piece. Once the pipe is cut, you can assemble the marshmallow shooter like the one pictured below. With the slip socket ends, this shooter is easy to piece together with little effort.

    This is how we assembled our marshmallow shooter / blow gun.

    PVC Marshmallow Shooter Assembly Diagram

    This is what it looks like assembled:

    Fully Assembled Marshmallow Shooter Made of PVC Fittings

    There are many different ways to assemble a marshmallow shooter out of PVC products. You can change the fittings around to create a different design, or get creative by adding paint and stickers.

    Plus, cleanup is simple - eat all the ammo!

    For a complete list of our schedule 40 products: fittings here - pipe here

  • How Clear is "Clear PVC"?

    clear-pvcWhen PVC was first created by Eugen Baumann in the 1800's, there wasn't a big concern about what it looked like. This versatile material is on its own very brittle and hard to work with. Over the years, people learned what additives allowed PVC to be molded into useful things like the pipe and fittings we use today. Since PVC entered the piping scene long ago, there have been many changes in how it's used and who is using it.

    Today, PVC is easy to find at the local hardware store and online. You can even buy clothes made from PVC (why you would want to, I'm not sure). Within the PVC pipe market, though, eventually users discovered it would be really nice to be able to see what's going on inside their pipes for some applications. Indeed, we get lots of requests from laboratories and special use buyers who want to see the liquid passing through their pipe, fittings, and valves.

    Manufacturers realized there was a viable market for a see-through PVC, so a few of them began producing clear PVC in schedule 40 and schedule 80 wall thicknesses. To this day, only a few US based producers make clear PVC. You can also find some clear PVC products made overseas (usually not as good a quality product).

    The biggest factor most buyers look at though, is the clarity of the PVC they're buying. Indeed, some "clear PVC" is more accurately a dark blue! Because this really defeats the purpose, PVC Fittings Online has done our research on which brands are truly the best and clearest. We supply Spears clear PVC for that exact reason - it is one of the clearest and best quality products available. Still, absolutely all clear PVC will have some sort of blue tint to it. This is inevitable. If you are in need of absolutely clear materials, we suggest you check out glass or acrylic products (though you'll pay a hefty sum for them usually). However, if you are still drawn to PVC for its ease of use, affordability, and availability, our clear PVC pipe, fittings and valves are just about as clear as you're going to get - and at a great discount price!

    Have other questions about clear PVC? Leave them in the comments or fill out our contact form!

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