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Polyvinyl Chloride(PVC) is a common type of plastic pipe, used for both plumbing as well as electrical conduit. Use with the [plumbing] or [conduit] tags when your question is specific to this type of pipe.

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Which type of PVC for exposed outdoor use?

I'm looking at hooking up some rain barrels using PVC piping. Is there a certain type of PVC that would be best to use for this, considering that it will be exposed to sun/rain/heat/cold? Lots of ...
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Is there a need to replace wiring if I tripped the microwave oven when drilling through drywall?

While drilling through drywall in bathroom to install a handicap bar to studs, I later discovered that the microwave oven breaker had tripped. Apparently one of the drill holes had missed a stud and ...
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How can I cut this recessed PVC pipe?

The top of this pipe is gouged where it needs to seal with the new shower base. I need to trim off a few inches from this pipe so I can glue on a clean piece. the hole is 10" square. The pipe ...
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Attempt to locate buried sewer line with melted snow?

I live in a housing addition (built 1965-1980) in the barren (no trees) Oklahoma panhandle. The first thing the new home owners in this area did was plant as many trees as possible. Over last several ...
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Is it safe to use Category 1 80,000BTU furnace with 2 inch PVC exhaust?

A contractor just finished installation of new HVAC system with a category 1 furnace (model: GMES800805CNAA). He originally used a reducer to connect 4 inch exhaust to a 2 inch PVC pipe. He claimed ...
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What are the uses of the various schedules of PVC pipe?

I had a plumber come out the other day to do some work and I offered up some spare PVC that I had leftover from various projects and he told me that it was schedule so-and-so and wouldn't be ...
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How can I reseal a shower drain on a pre-formed shower base?

The shower drain in my first-floor bathroom leaks. Based on looking from the basement below, it seems the leak is at the point where the drain assembly should clamp to the shower base (which is pre-...
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Can you identify the source of these grooves/notches on the edge of the deck?

I have a nice new PVC deck ... BUT, these strange notches/grooves have begun to show up on the outside edge of the darker colored border plank. These were NOT here when the deck was first installed. ...
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A 1" T fits the pipe and a 1" valve does not, why?

Both of these are labeled 1". The T on the left fits the little bit of grey pipe. The valve on the right is too small. What am I missing?
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What should I do about a pin hole leak in pvc water pipe?

I have tried JB Weld products, epoxy, water epoxy, and water tape. I do not want to replace the pipe--just fix it for now. The pipe is a cold water supply.
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Does it matter what kind of pipe is used for a sink drain?

The drainpipe in our sink broke (corroded right through in several places). Not having the time to find my pipe wrench (much less actually replace the pipe) we called a plumber. The plumber replaced ...
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garbage disposal relocation

Complete newbie to DIY-ing as well as Plumbing. My wife and I decided to upgrade our kitchen sink and we chose a single basin, 9" deep model. I've been reading a lot on plumbing best practices ...
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How do I easily separate unglued PVC pipe from joints?

I've been retrofitting an existing PVC irrigation system around my house. Part of that work requires that I work in shallow holes adding T joints and elbows in places where there were none before. In ...
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Can I temporarily cap off a PVC drain line without solvent (during a reno)?

I'm doing a bathroom reno and will be removing the bathtub and shower, and they will be out for quite some time. Because of this, I want to cap off the 1.5" and 2" PVC drain pipes (rather ...
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How to create a hidden plug for PVC pipe

I'm working on building a semi-permanent set of full-size soccer goals. Full-size in this case means 6' x 18'. Because of the size and spans, I'm planning on using 1.5" PVC pipe and fittings. And ...
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Per IRC, are flexible PVC couplings ever allowed to be used above ground for PVC to PVC connections?

It is my understanding that flexible PVC couplings (e.g. Fernco) meet the definition of Mechanical Joint in the international residential code. The 2015 IRC prohibits the use of Mechanical Joints on ...
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Drilling "misting" pin holes in PVC

I built raised gardens this year and added cheap DIY PVC irrigation. I used a 1/16" drill bit and drilled several holes in 1/2" PVC pipe. The 1/16" drill bit was the smallest I had but the holes ...
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White PVC pipe for electrical wiring

I am running about 20 feet of 8 AWG 4 wires through 3/4 inch PVC piping for a electrical power generator (transfer switch to L14-30 outlet). Wanted to know, codes aside, if it is fine to use white ...
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What is this part near the entry point to my irrigation system

Here is the overall view of the valve access box: The valve is turned off because the pipe directly after the valve has come loose from the valve. I'd like to repair this, but I'm not sure what the ...
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Can PVC be encased horizontally in concrete

I have an unfortunate "this is the only way this is going to work" situation with a DWV repair, resulting in the repair portion of the drain pipe, having to run 4 feet horizontally (yes, at ...
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Accidently Glued PVC to threaded PVC and it Leaks

I am very new and I accidently glued an elbow to a threaded piece of PVC. Yes, I know that was dumb, lets move past that :) Its leaking. Any idea what I can do to stop the leak? It has to be an in-...
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How can I repair a leak in a PVC water line without bringing down the system for an extended period of time?

I have a small leak in 1" PVC pipe at a connection to a shutoff valve. It looks like not enough PVC cement was used. Taking this apart to repair it will require the entire household water system to be ...
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How do I replace a section of a 4" cast iron pipe with PVC?

I am working on our upstairs bathroom and plan on moving some of the fixtures around to a different side of the room. This means I need to make changes to where the drain comes into the stack (I want ...
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Can I use a hole saw on PVC?

I have a glass house that encloses an above-ground pool. For gutters, they have used some silly system, where at the joint, the flow is restricted to a third of its capacity. It has a downpipe on ...
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Replacing an outdoor PVC junction box where it rains a lot

There is a PVC conduit running under deck with a line for a hottub. It lies right on the ground. There is a junction box, which also lies on the ground with its cover up. It rains a lot here. (See ...
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Is there anything to help reinforce PVC pipe?

I am plumbing a pond and have some above-ground PVC pipe. I used the purple and blue glue to attach the pipes, but am concerned some pipes could still come loose. I plan to wrap the pipes with duct ...
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Do I need a rain\snow cover on this furnace vent?

Just bought a house that had a new furnace installed this summer. Vent number 1 in the image is for the furnace (2 is the water heater and 3 is sump). As you can see in the image, 2 and 3 both would ...
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Does UV exposure cause deterioration to PVC pipe which can lead to catastrophic failure?

I've heard over the years that PVC should never be exposed to ultraviolet radiation, or the pipe will crumble and disintegrate. Though upon researching the subject, it seems as though UV radiation ...
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Is a splice permitted in a PVC conduit body?

I'm talking about something like this Type LB Conduit Body
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Code requirement for burying electrical PVC that runs along foundation

I need to run a circuit to the opposite side of the house from the service panel to an AC disconnect box. From my understanding this could be run with THWN wire in Schedule 80 PVC above ground if it's ...
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Can I move my bathroom sink's drain pipe about 6 inches to the right?

I found the vanity I wanted for my bathroom, but it doesn't fit due to the position of the drain pipe. It needs to move about 6 inces to the right. I assume there is some sort of adapter or ...
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How can I repair a Palruf roof?

I've installed a couple of transparent Palruf PVC sheets for a treehouse roof. I've gotten some small (several inch) holes in it that I'd like to patch up. I have some small pieces of Palruf left over ...
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How to connect pvc to cast iron pipe that broke off right beneath concrete slab?

I was planning on adding a donut to the cast iron hub, but when I was removing the lead seal, the hub broke off entirely. Now I have a broken off 2 inch cast iron pipe right beneath the slab. How do I ...
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What kind of tubing comes with a kitchen sink sprayer?

I need to replace the water supply tube on a concrete/masonry saw. It is rather too flexible and easily kinks and has developed a pinhole leak at the kink after only a few weeks of light use. Now, we ...
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How can I replace this cast iron tee without increasing the width of the connecting pipes?

The problem is that this cast iron tee sticks out about .5" ahead of the studs. So this is preventing me from drywalling. The cast iron pipe at the bottom is flush with the studs. So I am looking ...
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PVC threaded fitting broken off. How can I remove?

showing broken fittting that is stuck... the white fitting is the new replacement.. you see threaded end is same as piece stuck in the pool filter
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Is EMT or PVC more durable under a porch that gets rain?

I have a 2nd story porch that I want to put lights under. I'm not sure whether EMT or PVC will be more durable in the long run. It will get both rain and some sun, and I'd like it to last a long ...
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Clothes dryer exhaust duct touching PVC pipe

I'm running exhaust duct for a new electric dryer. There's 10cm(4in) space between a 5cm PVC drain pipe and the wall where I wanna run the rigid duct. My concern is that the heat from the dryer might ...
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Should you let PVC primer (purple) dry before applying cement?

Should you let PVC primer (purple) dry before applying cement or is it okay to apply cement over wet primer?
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Draughty PVC window

Some of the PVC windows in my house lets wind and cold in, so I need to adjust them to cut off the draught. I have no experience in adjusting them, so I need to find out how I can achieve this. Any ...
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Is Schedule 80 PVC Conduit Suitable for Short Directional Boring?

I'm running some electrical wire around where I'm building my house. There are two places that I'd rather not dig through: A driveway and a creek. The creek is the most important, because the state ...
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How to make 3" concrete "legs" via reusable casting structure?

I have a design for a (set of) planter(s) I'm trying to make, and to make the design I have in mind, I need an 18" long 3" OD leg with a bit of rebar in them. (let's say 100 of these bad boys in toto)...
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How do I extract a snapped off PVC nipple?

I have a 3/4" PVC sprinkler system, and one of the nipples has snapped off inside the 1/2" threaded fitting. I have a nipple extractor which has worked very well in the past but I guess this time I ...
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How can I repair an underground gutter drain pipe broken at the face of a concrete slab?

I can't use couplers because there's cement around the pvc pipes. Its cracked right to the curb. How do I fix it?
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Repairing Damaged Toilet Flange

I've bought an old house, and I've decided to fix a rocking toilet. I found two flange repair kits stacked on top of the original broken toilet flange. When sawing the flange to remove it, I found ...
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Should I use glue or o-ring joints on a buried PVC waste pipe?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of both systems of joints for "non-pressure" pipes that are buried? O-ring joints are more expensive, but easier to do on buried pipes. Glue on the other ...
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How to cut threads on 2" PVC pipe?

I have some sections of 2" PVC and some Tee fittings that I need to join. On the Tee fittings, the main line is threaded and the outlets are smooth. How can I cut the threads in the straight ...
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Is an ethernet cable threaded inside a metal conduit is more protected from electromagnetic interference? [closed]

I am at the end of a renovation, and only now  I discovered that it is not recommended to run ethernet cable in parallel and closely to power cables, even if they are in separate conduits, but I may ...
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What adhesive or glue should I use to attach velcro to PVC pipe?

I have some vertical standing pvc pipes that I want to attach velcro to. I wish to hang some fabric from the velcro, and thus there will be some forces pulling the velcro from the pvc. I've already ...
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Adding bug screen to 3/4 PVC

I have a 3/4 inch PVC line that is draining from my water heater pan through an exterior wall. I want to add some bug screen to it so that no roaches or other unwanted pests crawl up it. From what I ...
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