• 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!

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    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!



  • What is DWV Pipe?



    What is DWV PVC? Is it Different From Schedule 40?

    If you've been in the market for PVC pipe and fittings you may have come across something called DWV. DWV parts look very similar to standard white schedule 40 PVC pipe and fittings. The only real difference is that DWV PVC is not made to handle pressurized uses like schedule 40 parts are. Instead, DWV pipe and fittings are made to handle a different class of uses – Drain, Waste, and Vent (hence the name DWV). Drain, waste, and vent applications use gravity to create the flow of water and waste through the pipe line. These applications cause minimal stress on the PVC parts, allowing for thinner walls and the elimination of pressure testing by the manufacturer.

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    The result is a less expensive product with a few specialized parts that are particularly useful for drain and vent uses. A few parts that are typically used for DWV applications are p-traps, drains, and cleanouts. Another difference between DWV and standard PVC parts is the end types. Standard schedule 40 PVC fittings have ends that are either threaded or socket (sometimes called slip). DWV parts sometimes come threaded, but their slip style fitting ends are called “hubs,” and are usually shallower than the deeper schedule 40 ends. For example a slip coupling may be called “HUB x HUB” or “H x H” for short.

    DWV parts are made with the same threading (NPT) and are made to the same size as standard PVC fittings. Since this is the case, DWV and schedule 40 and 80 pipe and fittings will fit together, but it isn't recommended that they be used together. Note: DWV parts should never be used to carry pressurized liquids or gas.

    Looking for schedule 40 or DWV parts? Scroll over the fittings tab above to see all the parts we carry.



  • What is the best PVC pipe glue?



    PVC pipe “glue” – or more accurately, PVC solvent cement, is widely available online and at your local home improvement store. There are a number of brands out there, all promising to be the best stuff on the market, but what brand is truly the best?

    There are a number of factors that go into determining what works best for you… how well the cement adheres, how fast it dries, what color it is, how much it costs, etc. For that matter, there are probably many different types of PVC users referring to this article. Because that is the case, we’ll break it down into three different user categories: weekend crafter, home repair user, and industry pro. Take a second to think about your use and then refer to our recommendation for you below.

    pvc-cementWeekend PVC Crafter

    For special non-plumbing projects and crafts, preventing leaks probably isn’t a priority for your (unless your project involves water). For projects like this, you can get away with using whatever glue is cheap. Brand name doesn’t matter, as long as the can says PVC PIPE CEMENT. Don’t try to get away with using the leftover wood glue from the garage. PVC cement is specially formulated to soften the plastic so it can form together to create a bond. Work quickly using the cement, and hold together each joint you glue for 30 seconds. You should be good to go.

    oateyPVC Home Repair Users

    You should be a little more discerning than the weekend crafter types. Mostly because you don’t want to deal with leaky pipes in the basement a week from now. For home repairs and small plumbing projects we recommend using an Oatey brand PVC cement. Oatey is very easy to find at the local home improvement store. Both the big box stores carry it in various types. Most projects will do fine with the regular clear cement, while larger size pipes will require a medium or heavy bodied cement that dries a little slower. Remember to pick up some Oatey purple primer to go with it.

    weldonPVC Industry Pros

    For heavy-duty and professional jobs we recommend WELD-ON products. These are all low VOC and come in different body types for your various pipe sizes: regular, medium, heavy, extra-heavy. We keep this stuff on hand in our own warehouse for small fab jobs and special orders. It’s designed for industry use, so you known it’s going to hold up if used correctly. We use the 705 cement and the P-70 purple primer for most jobs. You should be able to get this from your local PVC distributor or online. Easy to find in pint, quart, and gallon sizes.

    The most important thing to remember about using PVC cement is that the way you use it will have the biggest effect on how it performs. Always clean and deburr your PVC pipe before applying primer, then cement. Work quickly to avoid drying. The cement only works when it’s wet. After inserting pipe into fittings give it a quarter turn and hold the pieces together for 30 seconds before moving on to the next piece. This gives the cement time to work its magic on the plastic. If you follow the cement directions and work smarty, your job should hold tight without any issues.



  • Can I Use PVC for Hot Water?



    hot-water-faucetCan I Use PVC for Hot Water?

    This is one of the most common questions people ask about using PVC pipe. Here's the quick rundown...

     

    The short answer: No.

     

    Explanation: PVC is a thermoplastic, and therefore, at some point it will begin to degrade and break down as it's heated up. It just so happens that Schedule 40 PVC's maximum operating temperature is 140 degrees Fahrenheit, around the same temperature that hot water gets to in most homes. That max operating temperature of 140F means that any temperature above this will cause the schedule 40 PVC pipes to break down, compromising the integrity of the pipe (think leaks and bursting).

    For this reason, it is recommended that PVC pipe and fittings be used only for applications where the water temperature does not exceed 140F. Even if your application involves water at temperatures nearing 130F, I would recommend another material, as temperatures have a tendency to fluctuate, and it's always better to err on the safe side.

    So what's your alternative to PVC for hot water lines? CPVC

    CPVC is a thermoplastic just like PVC, and it comes in pipe and fittings just like PVC. The difference lies in the chemical makeup. CPVC material goes though an extra chlorination process that gives the plastic slightly different qualities - one of which is a higher maximum operating temperature. CPVC (schedule 80) pipe is rated for use up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes it ideal for use on hot water lines in homes and businesses.

    Have other questions on PVC? Leave them in the comments for a reply!

     



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