Questions tagged [pvc]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Can I use primer for multiple purposes?

I want to join some PVC pipes. I've got primer (from a store that only sells paint) and on the back it says it's suitable for PVC. I doesn't say anything about paint or joining. Can I use this kind of ...
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What is the lifespan of pvc cement?

My house is 32 years old, due to other reasons I have my bathroom floor removed. Looking down at the PVC pipe that is used for the tub, sink and toilet got me wondering. What is the lifespan of ...
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How to fix broken toilet flange from over tightened bolt?

I broke my PVC toilet flange when I over-tightened the bolt used to secure the toilet to the flange. How do I fix this without replacing the entire PVC fitting? This PVC flange is glued to the drain ...
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Is there a PVC piping primer/cement alternative for a non-plumbing project?

I'd like to construct a case out of PVC schedule-40 bits and pieces. The case is for a rifle-cleaning rod that I want to keep from getting bent/scraped. I'll need to connect schedule-40 pipe to caps/...
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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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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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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 can I make tiki torch holders from PVC pipe or equivalent?

I have a plan to attach some short segments of PVC piping to a pool fence and use them as holders for tiki torches. These are the questions that I'm trying to find answers to: Can you suggest ...
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Do I have to bury PVC pipe if used outdoors?

I will be installing a hose spigot in a lower patio area that, till now, has had to have several lengths of hose to provide water for some potted plants. There is an existing spigot on a 3/4" copper ...
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Can PVC be encased horizontally in concrete

Have an unfortunate "this is the only way this is going to work" situation with a DMV repair, resulting in the repair portion of the drain pipe, having to run 4 feet horizontally (yes, at the correct ...
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How to drill and waterproof a hole in cinder block for PVC drain?

I have a new electric hybrid water heater that emits condensation from a drain tube (normal) which is a bit different than a traditional electric water heater. Right now I have a bucket under the ...
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Is it expensive to switch from an 80% to a 90% efficient furnace, to comply with the new mandate?

I'm told by some HVAC companies via mail flyers and websites (example) that it may be very expensive to retrofit new PVC pipes to update an 80% efficient furnace to a 90% one. Therefore, the logic ...
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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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Can I thin thick PVC cement with primer?

I needed to make a repair on some PVC pipe. When I opened my can of cement, I discovered that is was thicker than when new. I purchased the cement around a year ago and kept the lid firmly closed. The ...
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How can I cut a vinyl chair mat to shorten it?

I need to cut a few inches from this PVC chair mat (if this isn't PVC, can you tell me what material it is). How do I achieve this? I though of using an acrylic knife; will it work? The line will be ...
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How to patch this PVC elbow connection?

I bought a home about 3 months back, and recently discovered a slow leak under a wall in my utility room. I ended up removing that part of the wall to get to it, and the leak is coming from the feed ...
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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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How do I tighten a PVC fitting in a narrow space behind a sink?

I've recently replaced the tap and handles in an old bathroom sink. It turned out to be a bit of a pain because the bolts holding the sink in are rusted into the besser block wall - the bolt head just ...
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Is temporarily reducing the water supply line an option when installing a water softener?

I am installing a water softener in my house. Currently we're getting the water supply from 1" PEX that has a service loop in the garage. I built my own 1" PVC bypass system for a GE water softener (...
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PVC toilet flange replacement problems

Background: I wanted to replace the wax ring on my toilet but when I took it apart I found that the flange was in bad shape. The notches that hold the bolts were broken out. That, I think, led to the ...
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Purple primer left on over night: can I use it?

I am using Oatey purple primer with Oatey medium gray pvc cement. This is a 2 inch PVC pipe job for pool pump to filter. I have a joint where I applied purple primer then realized I am not ready for ...
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Will cutting PVC pipe with a miter saw dull the blade?

I want to cut some 3" PVC with my miter saw and I'm wondering if this would dull my blade. I think its a 60 or 80 tooth Diablo blade.
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How can I stop PVC decking from squeaking?

We recently installed a TimberTech deck using all-PVC flooring. They use a clip fastening system (non-nail and non-screw)that recommends the floor joists be spaced for 12 inches on center, if diagonal....
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What are the individual names of these nine different PVC fittings?

What are the individual names of these nine different PVC fittings? pvc http://www.pvcworkshop.com/Fitting17.jpg
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Could this pipe be part of a french drain or something else related to a sump?

I excavated a wall in the corner of my basement and found what I'm assuming is a drain pipe, but the location has me baffled. It's literally in the corner of my basement. The placement doesn't seem ...
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Is there a sure way to know a PVC joint is glued right?

I made some PVC joints that will be buried, since they won't be easily accessible I would like to make sure they are perfect. When I glued them I used primer and glue, but I had to "twist" the pipe a ...
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Is there a name for PVC pipe that's approx 1/2“ ID and 5/8” OD?

I have a PVC pipe that supplies water to a valve, and then goes to my toilet. It's approx 1/2" inner diameter, and 5/8" outer diameter; it's stamped on the outside of the pipe that it is 1/2". The ...