Home & Garden Maintenance & Repairs

How to Install Pipe Fittings

    • 1). Measure the distance between the two points where the pipe will be located and mark the measure where the cut will be made. Make sure to allow for the distance where the pipe will be inserted into the fitting prior to cutting. On average this will be about 1 inch. Cut the pipe squarely to ensure that it is straight and not at an angle. This will ensure a flush fit when it will be inserted into the fitting mentioned below. Once you have cut the pipe you must clean off the jagged edges with the utility knife to ensure no debris will come between pipe and fitting causing a potential leak.

    • 2). Insert the pipe into the fitting to ensure the will fit together without the cement, but take note not to force the pipe into the fitting completely, as it may be difficult to remove them. Giving the pipe fitting a twist will help with inserting and removing the pipe from the fitting. Apply PVC cement to both the end of the pipe and the inside of the fitting to be attached. Insert the pipe into the fitting, and twist the fitting 45 degrees to ensure complete coverage of the cement within the fitting. Using the damp rag, wipe off any excess cement.

    • 3). Hold the pipe steady and fitting steady for one to two minutes while the cement sets to allow proper drying time. Once the fitting and pipe are securely connected, you can now test for any leaks. Turn of the water at the source and carefully examine the connecting for any moisture that may appear around the connection. Carefully run your fingers around the joint to detect any water dripping out.

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