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Three Tips For Working With PVC Pipes

If you are interested in DIY plumbing repairs or installations around the house, then you need to know how to work with polyvinyl-chloride (PVC). This is because PVC is one of the most common plumbing materials, especially for pipes. Here are some tips to help you work with the material:


PVC is not very tough, so there are many tools that can cut it. However, a fine-toothed handsaw will probably give you the cleanest square cut. A square cut makes good contact, which is especially necessary if you want to join different ends of PVC pipes. Avoid blades that wander easily, such as hacksaws, because they will not give you clean cuts.


Deburring is also necessary if you want to join different PVC pipes. The burrs not only prevent tighter connections, but they may also snag debris and cause clogging. If you have a piece of sandpaper, roll it into a tube, flatten it and curve it. Use the curved sandpaper to smooth the interior and exterior edges of the pipe.


There are also cases where it's best to bend a long PVC pipe instead of cutting it. Sure, buying a re-bent pipe may be best, but what if you can't get the dimension you want? In that case, bending a straight pipe would be the best move to make. Here is what you need to bend PVC pipe:

  • Source of heat
  • Sand
  • A bucket of water
  • Heavy duty gloves

Then follow these steps:

  • Soak the heavy duty gloves in the bucket of water
  • Fill the pipe with sand – this prevents the heated areas from inching
  • Heat the pipe around the intended bend – try to heat it uniformly by moving either the heat source or pipe.
  • Drain out the sand
  • Use the wet, heavy duty gloves to bend the pipes

Here are a few safety tips to remember when doing this:

  • Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid breathing in the fumes should the pipe accidentally burn
  • Keep moving the pipe to prevent it from burning
  • If you are using an open flame, keep the pipe as near to it as possible, but not touching it.

While all these tips are great for a DIY repair, they don't make you a professional plumber. You still need to contact a professional plumber, you can visit sites like for more info, if you want to overhaul your plumbing pipes and replace them with PVC pipes.