How to Connect PVC Pipe in 4 Steps | Connecting PVC Pipe & Fittings

How to Connect PVC Pipe in 4 Steps

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PVC pipe is the foundation of your sprinkler system's infrastructure. Knowing how to connect PVC pipe the right way is very important. If you know what you are doing, the task goes fairly quickly. Here are some easy steps to follow for connecting PVC pipe and fittings:

1. Cut the Proper Pipe Length

It's important to use the proper cutting tools when dealing with PVC pipe. A nice square cut will allow for a great fit with another square cut component. If your cuts are jagged or uneven, you will have a difficult time hooking the ends together. This may result in leaks. A power miter saw or less sophisticated hand tools can give you that perfect square cut which you need.

2. Remove Saw Burrs from the Inside of the Pipe

After you have cut your tubing you may discover some plastic saw burrs inside. Although these saw burrs are small they can cause a variety of problems. They can make it hard for your tubes to fit together perfectly which will cause water leaks and other problems. By quickly sanding off these tiny saw burrs with a hand sander you will be doing your part to enable the best fit for PVC fittings and pipe.

3. Mark the Pipe How You Want it to Connect Together

Mark your pipe exactly where you want the pieces to go together. This is critical because once you apply your cement onto your PVC pipe, you only have a matter of seconds to connect the pipe together. When you have your parts marked exactly where you want them to go, you can easily match them up, even when you are in a hurry.

4. Apply Primer, Cement, and Connect

PVC pipe laid out in trenches

This next part is fairly simple but needs to be done with a lot of care. Because your PVC glue is what seals the pipes together, you want to make sure you get a good layer of cement on there. Don't just quickly rub a little cement onto your pipe and slap the two parts together. First, you want primer, which allows for a stronger bond. Be generous with the application and then make sure your pipe end gets a good layer of cement around it. Each piece should be covered in primer and cement before you connect the two parts together. Remember that you will bury the line, so excess cement and primer will not be eyesores.

Connecting PVC Pipe & Fittings with Ease

Connecting PVC parts is easy, and something that almost any homeowner is capable of doing. Once you have mastered how to connect PVC pipe, you can ensure a quality sprinkler system installation that will last for years to come. Save on all your sprinklers, timers, irrigation valves, and more.

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List of Sprinkler System Components
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