• The Best Way to Cut PVC Piping



    One of the most common conundrums faced by PVC DIY'ers both new and experienced is choosing a method to cut PVC pipe with. Taking PVC pipe to a hardware store for cutting can be very inconvenient and costs can add up if done frequently. Learning how to cut PVC pipe yourself is easy and cost-effective. When deciding on a method, keep in mind there is no "best" way to cut PVC pipe. However, there are various tools that work well and deliver consistent results for a given situation. This week's blog post covers a handful of common PVC cutting tools and method and the situations they work best in and includes explanations on how to cut PVC pipe straight and deburring. Let's get cutting!

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  • DIY: Kid's PVC Sprinkler



    It's summer! That means the sun is high in the sky and the kids are out of school. With the weather being as hot as it is, it's important for the little ones to have a way to stay cool while adventuring outside. Here at PVC Fittings Online, we find the best solution to be an old classic: a sprinkler! This week's blog post will cover a handful of creative project guides for a DIY PVC sprinkler, a great summer DIY PVC project for kids. These projects are all very affordable and aren't time-intensive, so get ready to learn how to make a PVC sprinkler and beat the heat without breaking the bank!

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  • When to Use A Gear Operated Valve vs Lever Operated Valve



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    Valves, which are devices that regulate flow in a pipeline, are staples of plumbing projects everywhere. Each valve needs a way that it can be opened (or actuated). There are many different types of opening methods available, but the most common actuating device for valves 14" and under are gears and levers. These manual operating devices are fairly inexpensive and easy to implement. Additionally, they don't require any extra planning or effort beyond simple installation (this article goes into more detail about the specifics of gear operation). This blog post gives a basic rundown of both gear operated valves and lever operated valves.

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  • How to Build A PVC Chair for Kids



     

    Summer is here, and that means it's time for swimming and backyard cookouts. One of the biggest difficulties that comes from having people over is making sure that everybody has a place to sit down and take a break from being out in the heat - especially children. If you're in need of a cheap way to keep the kids comfortable or just a simple DIY project you can do for and with your kids, then look no further! This PVC Fittings Online blog post will show you how you how to build a PVC chair for kids.

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  • How to Build a PVC Bike Stand



    Finished PVC bike stand

    Constantly on the go and in need of a place to store your wheels? Then look no further! This article will show you how to build a PVC bike stand. A bike stand made out of PVC products offers a convenient, portable, inexpensive, and highly customizable way to store your bike when you're not riding it. With a handful of materials and some patience, you'll have a DIY bike stand in no time.

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  • Difference Between Stainless Steel and Brass Valves



     

    When choosing the correct valves for your project, deciding between stainless steel valves or brass valves is very important. Because of the differences in the materials, one is often better suited for a project than the other. There are several types of valve materials on the market, however this article will focus on a comparison of stainless steel valves and brass valves.

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    Brass Valves

    Brass is a copper alloy which means that it is stronger than plastic. This additional strength makes them, though not the most expensive option for valve, more expensive than PVC or plastic valves.

    Brass is a mixture of copper and zinc, and occasionally other metals. Because of its nature as a soft metal, it is able to resist corrosion very well as opposed to plastic valves. Brass is also able to absorb and withstand more heat than plastic, making brass valves an optimal choice for at home plumbing systems.

    One significant difference between stainless steel and brass valves is that brass valves tend to accept welding better than stainless steel valves. This offers some versatility. However, brass valves do have some drawbacks.

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  • Common Uses for Camlock Couplings



    Camlock couplings, also referred to as cam and groove fittings, are becoming increasingly popular in many industries. The innovative technology of the camlock coupling provides a simple and reliable method for connecting and disconnecting hoses without the use of extra tools. Not only are they amazingly easy to use (see a video on how to use camlock couplings here), they are also extremely versatile and are suitable for a variety of different settings and purposes.B-style coupling

    Camlocks are heavy duty couplings. As a result, these handy tools can be used in homebrew, agricultural, military, and industrial environments.  The most common uses for camlock couplings take place in industrial environments because hoses in industrial settings tend to be of larger diameters.

    Camlock Applications

    Camlock couplings are great for the transfer of both dry and fluid materials. There are a variety of camlock uses, such as transferring food, water, fuel, or sand and making them suitable for almost any industry. Because of the variety of substances that can flow through the camlock, it is important to choose the right material for the job. Common camlock applications and their materials are:

    • Stainless Steel Camlocks are best suited for acid, alkali, and corrosive substances.
    • Polypropylene and Nylon Camlocks can be used in the chemical industry, for transmitting liquid, and for irrigation in the agricultural industry.
    • Brass Camlocks work very well for transmitting salty water. They are suitable for most environments except for acid and alkali.
    • Aluminum Alloy Camlocks are great for use with fresh water or mixtures of oil and water.

    While Camlock couplings are extremely versatile, there are some types of substances that are not suitable for use with any type of camlock couplings. Cam and groove couplings should not be used for steam applications. Using Camlocks for steam is very dangerous and could result in an explosion. For more information about why camlocks should not be used with steam, visit the Industrial Knowledge Zone.

    Camlock Coupling Styles and Sizes

    The style is very important when deciding which camlock to use. The camlock uses vary from style to style in the same way as with the materials. Below is a brief description of the different types of camlock styles you can encounter: A-Style Coupling

    • A: male adapter with a female thread
    • B: female coupler with a male thread
    • C: coupler with a shank (hose barb)
    • D: coupler with a  female thread
    • E: adapter with a shank
    • F: adapter with a male thread
    • DC: dust cap
    • DP: dust plug

    Camlock couplings are handy tools that can benefit so many products. It is very important to understand camlock applications so that you can choose the proper tool for the job. Another important factor in the selection of camlock, is selecting the correct size for the job. Check out our article on how to choose the right size camlock coupling here.

    When looking for the perfect cam coupling, make sure you start with us! Our large selection of Camlock Fittings includes Camlock Couplings and Camlock Caps.



  • Ordering the Right Size Cam Coupling



     

    Camlock couplings (also known as cam couplings, camlock fittings or cam and groove couplings) are handy tools that allow the user to connect and disconnect joints in a pipe line quickly and efficiently. The use of camlock couplings is essential in order for hoses and pipes to function properly. But ordering the right size cam coupling can be difficult.

    When using camlock couplings, it is important to know how to order a camlock coupling of the appropriate size for your project. When choosing a coupling, is important to understand the distinctions between the sizes and understand how to measure a camlock fitting.

    For the female part of the coupling, (also known as the coupler) the size is obtained by measuring the diameter of the open end, or inside diameter (ID). For the male part of the coupling (adapter), the size is obtained by measuring the diameter of the adapter end or outside diameter (OD).

    How to Measure a Camlock Fitting

    Always ensure that the inside diameter and outside diameter of your coupler and adapter match. Also, ensure that you have the correct size couplings for the size of your pipe. The tables below (which were built using info from this helpful site) detail the proper sizes to use for your projects.

    Our selection of camlock couplings includes polypropylene, nylon, and stainless steel couplings. Besides the correct size of camlock couplings, it is also important to choose the best material for the project at hand. Each material provides a unique range of benefits.

    Polypropylene and nylon couplings are both inexpensive, leakproof and light weight. Polypropylene, however is of lower density and is anti-acid. Nylon has higher density and provides heat resistance. The agricultural industry benefits greatly from their ability to transmit liquids.ordering the right size cam coupling

    While slightly more expensive, Stainless Steel cam couplings provide immense durability and anti-corrosion advantages, as well as high strength and temperature resistance. They are recommended for highly corrosive areas.

    How to Order a Camlock Coupling

    Whichever you choose, ordering the right size camlock coupling can make or break the success of a project. Before shopping, make sure that you know:

    1. The material that best suits your project. (Where will you be using the material and for what purpose? What is your budget?)
    2. How to measure your camlock fitting or pipe size. Ensure you know the necessary Threaded inside or outside diameter for the fitting.
    3. That you know how to order a camlock coupling. Find a reputable distributor, such as PVC Fittings Online that carries the size and material that you will need!

     

    To browse our catalog and order premium camlock couplings and caps at wholesale prices, check them out on our website!



  • When to Use Metal Valves - Common Metal Valve Applications



    stainless steel gate valveBefore discussing metal valve uses and the various jobs they do well, we should acknowledge the fact that many types of metals exist. Just like the category of "plastic" covers PVC, CPVC, ABS, polypropylene (PP), etc., "metal" includes cast & ductile iron, brass, bronze, carbon & stainless steel, and more! Knowing exactly when to use metal valves requires knowledge of the metal and the medium.

    This blog post discusses different metal valve applications that, for one reason or another, plastic valves cannot handle. Countless specific jobs exist for metal valves, but we will focus on a broader view of applications. Diving into every single job would take far too long. But let's dig deeper into the different materials used and when to use metal valves!

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  • Common Uses for Butterfly Valves



     

    CPVC butterfly valve lug styleUsing PVC valves to control water in a system is not difficult and can be extremely rewarding when done correctly. These valves are especially useful in home irrigation & gardening systems, homemade fish tanking piping, and other such home applications. Today we will be looking at a few different butterfly valve applications and why these pieces of equipment are so useful.

    Many valves are made from PVC or CPVC including butterfly valves, ball valves, check valves, and more. Each type has it's own strengths and weaknesses, but butterfly valves are unique in their body style and the way they regulate flow. With a quarter-turn disc that sits amid liquid flow even while open, nothing else is quite like a butterfly valve. Further down we will discuss "wafer butterfly valves vs. lug butterfly valves," but first let's look at some uses for butterfly valves!

    Common Butterfly Valve Applications

    Butterfly valves are a quarter-turn valve that has a plastic or metal disc in the middle that rotates on a metal rod or "stem." If the stem is the body of the butterfly, then the disc is the "wings." Because the disc always sits in the middle of the pipeline, the fluid is slowed slightly as it rushes through an open valve. The following examples are a few jobs -- some specific and some general -- that butterfly valves are perfect for!

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