Gluing Plastic Pipe
Rigid plastic pipe is used for drain, waste and vent systems. PVC and CPVC are also used for drinking water in
some areas, but check your local codes. Safety Note: when working with the primer and glue, work in an area with
adequate ventilation. This stuff is nasty and can cause health problems. Check the can for particulars.
Mark the pipe where you want it cut. Gently clamp it in a vice or otherwise immobilize it. Using a hacksaw (or tubing
cutter), cut the pipe (Fig. 1). Make sure that you cut the pipe straight across!
Using emery cloth or 120 grit sandpaper, sand the burrs from the end of the pipe (Fig. 2). You should not sand the
pipe itself. Alternatively, you may also use a utility knife to cut away the burrs.
Using the brush in the primer can, wipe the primer on the surfaces that you will be joining (Fig. 3). BE CAREFUL when
you use this stuff. It is the same consistency as water and a wonderful shade of purple. It WILL stain everything it comes
into contact with.
Take the brush from the can of cement and apply the cement to both surfaces to be joined (Fig. 4).
Push the two parts together with a twisting motion (Fig. 5). Work quickly as the cement usually sets up in about 30
Using a rag, wipe off the excess glue around the joint (Fig. 6).
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