• How to Replace a Toilet

    how to replace a toilet - toilet replacement guideWhen it comes time to replace a toilet, you may be tempted to hire a plumber. Resist this urge! Toilet replacement may seem like a messy or tedious job, but it doesn't need to be. If you go step-by-step, replacing a toilet is a simple process that can easily be completed in an afternoon! This guide will show you how to replace a toilet and what parts you will need.

    Parts Needed for Toilet Replacement

    Before you start removing the old toilet, make sure you have everything you need to put the new one in. If you are missing anything, you could have to go several days without use of that bathroom. Some of these parts may be included with the new toilet, but we have included links just in case you need them! Below are some parts for toilet replacement/repair.


    Now that you have all the necessary parts, you are ready to get started with the replacement! Make sure you have an adjustable wrench on hand to help with the bolts.

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  • Creating a Lemonade Stand Using PVC

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    Nothing says "summer" like lemonade! As a child, there are few better ways to make summer memories than by setting up a lemonade stand and serving delicious, ice cold refreshment to your neighbors! The lemonade stand is a tradition that has stood for generations as a great way for young people to learn about work ethic and business basics. Making lemonade is easy. What isn't always so easy is making the stand itself. Building a stand out of wood can be difficult and expensive, as it requires sawing, screwing, and nailing. PVC pipe is a fantastic alternative to wood, so why not make a DIY PVC lemonade stand?

    What makes PVC a good building material are its weight, price, and simplicity. Its hollow, yet strong design allows PVC to be lightweight, so transporting your DIY lemonade stand will be a cinch. PVC is also a fraction of the cost of wood boards. A 10-ft. section of piping will only cost a few dollars, depending on the diameter. Screws and nails are not needed to make connections with PVC. You don't even need PVC cement in many cases, since PVC pipe is designed to fit snugly into fittings.

    These three projects are all great methods for building a DIY PVC lemonade stand. We have chosen three projects of varying complexity and size, so you should be able to find something just right for you! Full instructions are linked, as are the PVC parts required for each project. Happy building!

    1. Minimalist PVC Lemonade Stand (Simple Simon & Company)

    Simple DIY Lemonade Stand PVCWe've placed this project first on our list because it is the simplest build. However, the title "lemonade stand" is a little deceptive, as this build does not have any type of counter. It is, however, a good-looking front facade! With the addition of a small table behind, it will do the job just fine! It only uses a few, easy-to-find materials. Find all of the PVC materials you need for this fun lemonade stand below.







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  • Project Guides - DIY PVC Water Gun

    It may be August, but the summer fun is not over yet! PVCFO is based in South Carolina, so, like many parts of the country, we still have months of warm weather left. Even if it is not summer when you are reading this, it's never too early to get ready to have fun and make memories! An inexpensive way to stock up on summer supplies is to make a DIY PVC water gun. This can be a fun project to put together with the kids!

    The best part about crafting with PVC pipe is that there's no one right way to do it! Endless variations on the same project are possible, giving you complete freedom to tweak and create designs at your pleasure! This post will outline three builds that some creative DIY-ers have developed. Included are links to materials that we provide at the lowest cost anywhere! Click the images or links to view full instructions.

    1. Easy-Peasy PVC Water Gun (via Instructables)

    DIY PVC water gun finished on grassI've listed this project first, as it is not too difficult to make, but also gives you a high quality DIY PVC water gun. This project will give the little ones a dependable toy that will not break easily. The key to this project is the way it seals. The tight seal makes for strong water pressure and a more fun toy! A few of these materials are not available on our website, but they can easily be found at your local hardware store. The materials below are enough for three PVC water guns.

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  • DIY PVC Tiles Cleaner Pad

    DIY PVC Tiles Cleaner Pad Tool on Tile with Lysol

    It is a universal fact of life that tiles are hard to clean. This is especially true of the grout between tiles. Nasty grime and gunk seems to get stuck there in abnormally large amounts. Cleaning tile and ground effectively is difficult, as it relies you having a tool that is strong enough to get the leverage you need. A long handle is extremely helpful, but many store-bought cleaning tools are too flimsy to hold up to extended use. Make your own tough DIY PVC tiles cleaner pad to get this annoying job done quick and effectively!

    Using just a few inexpensive materials, you can make this DIY tile cleaner with a handle that is long enough to avoid getting bathroom debris on your hands. This durable DIY PVC tile cleaner utilizes a simple scouring pad, which you would usually use for your dishes. This means the pad is easy to replace! Read the full guide, based on a build by Instructables, below.

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  • DIY PVC Water Hose Caddy

    DIY PVC Water Hose Caddy with Wheels and green Garden HoseIf you want to keep an orderly and well-watered garden, you need a water hose caddy. These great pieces of equipment allow you to wheel your water hose around and are ideal for gardens that go around a house. Sometimes hose racks attached to the house are restricting. In these instances, a DIY PVC water hose caddy with wheels is immensely helpful!

    You can easily make a caddy for your garden hose out of PVC pipe and fittings! This DIY water hose storage device uses a few inexpensive materials to effectively carry your garden hose anywhere you need it to go. This guide, posted originally here, will help you make your very own!

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  • DIY PVC Clothes Rack

    DIY PVC Clothes Rack CompletedExtra clothing storage is a necessity. Whether they are shirts, pants, dresses, jackets, suits, or anything else, having a place to hang your clothes is important! Hanging clothes keeps them wrinkle-free and allows for easy access. Unfortunately, many houses and apartments only give occupants small closets and spaces to hang clothes. Luckily, making your own DIY PVC clothes rack is easy and inexpensive!

    This build is easy to put together and take apart, which makes it ideal for traveling, dance competitions, photo shoots, and clothing sales.  With these measurements, the rack can carry clothing up to 36" in length, but it can be customized to be taller depending on your needs! Build this DIY PVC clothes rack if you want a space-efficient, economical way to hang your garments!

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  • DIY PVC Wine Rack

    PVC Wine Rack with BottlesWine racks have been around as long as wine bottles. They can be made from virtually any material and can hold hundreds of bottles or just a few. The sheer number of wine rack variations is mind-boggling and can make it hard to decide on one for your home. A great alternative to buying one is to make your own modern-looking DIY wine rack. And what better material to build it from than PVC?

    When shopping for a wine rack, people often encounter two problems: high prices and incompatible sizes. Pre-made wine racks are sometimes seen as a luxury item, so they are priced accordingly. They can also be made too big or too small for the space you have available. A large rack will simply not fit, and a small one could look awkward. However, you can create a DIY PVC wine rack at a reasonable price to fit whatever space you have available! Keep reading to learn how to make your very own.

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  • DIY PVC Tote / Bin Storage Organizer

    pvc tote storage organizer with totesOne of the best and simplest storage solutions is plastic totes (bins). These tubs are lightweight and stackable, which makes them ideal containers for seasonal decorations and other knick-knacks. The problem with totes is that they often end up stacked indiscriminately in the garage or shed, and it can be hard to find an efficient way to stack them. You may need an item from the tote at the bottom of the stack and have to move all the other totes to get to that one item which is a hassle and can be difficult for someone with back or joint problems. To make organization and storage of plastic totes easy, use this DIY PVC tote storage organizer.

    This project will show you how to make a system of PVC "shelves" that can be adjusted and customized to your particular needs. Because no two totes are the same, the measurements we use may not be right for you. Be sure to measure your totes before cutting any pipe for this DIY garage storage system. You can easily change the measurements to your liking! If you make this DIY PVC storage and then purchase a tote that is too big for it, you have the ability to deconstruct individual sections of the shelving and reconstruct it to your liking. We got the idea for this project from Kelsey, whose original blog post can be found here.

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  • Tips to Help With Choosing the Right Valve for Your Project

    Valves are useful pieces of equipment that help control, limit, and shut off flow in a system. In a garden irrigation system, you could use valves to control when different plants get watered. While it is universally agreed that valves are helpful, choosing the right valve can be frustrating. We hear many customers make statements like these: "So many types exist! Some of them do similar things! I don't know what types of valves to use!"

    No worries! Here at PVC Fittings Online, we carry all the major valve variations. In this blog post, we will outline what makes each unique. For basic users, the most important thing to remember is that a valve does one of two things: shut off or regulate. Some valves can do either/both, but this is a simple way to think of what you need a valve to do. It could help you in picking the right valve. We will now cover each of the major valve categories.

    Ball Valves

    pvc ball valve choosing the right valve grayBall valves are a good example of a shut off valve. They use a spherical seating to stop or allow flow. The ball has a hole through the center, so fluid can pass through when the handle is turned to the "on" position. When the handle is turned 90 degrees to the "off" position, fluid hits the solid side of the ball and is stopped.

    The PVC ball valve pictured has been taken apart so you can see its inner workings. This one uses rubber O-rings to ensure a tight seal. Ball valves are shut off valves because they are not typically designed to be opened partially. They are meant to be completely open or completely closed. Depending on the type of ball valve you purchase, they may commit a bit of pressure drop. This is because the hole in the valve's ball typically has a smaller diameter than the pipeline itself.

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  • Fiberglass vs. Polycarbonate Electrical Enclosures - What's the Difference?

    plastic vs fiberglass electrical enclosures gray lift off screw coverElectrical enclosures are a very common piece of hardware with a wide range of uses. They are available in many shapes and sizes, acting as a case or cabinet for electrical equipment. This equipment includes things such as switches, knobs, and displays. Electrical enclosures keep these pieces of equipment out of the elements. However, electrical enclosures also protect users. They can be used to house high-voltage electrical elements that could injure someone if they are not careful. The utility of electrical enclosures is undeniable, but there is one war that experts continue to fight: plastic vs fiberglass electrical enclosures.

    The term "plastic" is a blanket term that typically covers many different materials, including polycarbonates which often compose electrical enclosures. A great deal of these enclosures are made with fiberglass as well, which is not a polycarbonate. Therefore, many professionals and experts would debate on "polycarbonate vs fiberglass enclosures." As we will read below, each material has its own strengths and weaknesses. Which material to use will depend on what you need it for. Continue reading for the pros and cons of each of these great materials.

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