September 1, 2015
Maybe your leaky bathroom faucet needs a new joint. Maybe you have too many bikes in your garage and you want to build your own bike rack. Maybe that soccer goal Santa was supposed to deliver never showed. No matter the project, connecting PVC piping is simple.
PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, a type of industrial plastic that is most often purchased and sold in the form of piping. If you asked for PVC at your local hardware store, they would assume you are looking to buy some pipes. There are many great uses for this powerful plastic, but we will be focusing on how to connect your PVC pipes.
First, gather all of your materials. Make sure the pipes you have purchased, or are perhaps replacing, are the correct length and have the appropriate connector pieces. There is nothing more frustrating than accidentally installing a standard T connector where you actually needed a standard 90, aka elbow joint.
You might be thinking there is no way you would make such a silly mistake. Lay out your materials in the order in which you plan to connect them. This 2-D layout of your plan will eliminate any unplanned profanity.
PVC pipes will often outlast metal piping that is susceptible to rust.