When it comes to plumbing, there are plenty of ways that you can save money. You don’t have to buy all new PVC pipe fittings for every single project that you undertake. If you’ve ever wondered how to reuse PVC pipe fittings, then this article is for you! We will take a look at the best way to reuse your fittings!
Can You Reuse PVC Pipe Fittings?
The answer is a resounding yes. The first question you should ask yourself is what exactly are the fittings? If you’re not sure, PVC pipe fitting refers to those pieces that connect two or more sections of PVC piping together. These can be elbows, couplings, and T joints, among others. There are several reasons why you can reuse these fittings.
First, if the PVC piping is still in good condition and has not been damaged during installation or use, there’s no need to replace it because of a faulty fitting.
Next, many homeowners underestimate how much they will be able to get done with their newly acquired home improvement skills before running out of material. This is why it’s so much cheaper to reuse fittings than buy all new ones just because you need a few extra sections of piping for that project you have in mind.
Finally, the most frequently cited reason homeowners decide against reusing these pipe fittings is their concern over additional expenses such as having to purchase new tools and hardware. However, most homeowners find that the savings they make by reusing fittings far outweighs such concerns.
How to Reuse PVC Pipe Fittings
PVC pipe is a very versatile and useful material. Its flexibility makes it possible to use in many different kinds of projects, even if you don’t have any experience with plumbing or construction. If you want to know how to reuse PVC pipe fittings, here are the steps you need to follow.
Step 1: Acquire the Right Fittings
First of all, you must buy or find some fittings that can be used for your project.
Step 2: Cut Down the Pipe
Once you have the fittings, it’s time to cut your PVC pipe. If you’re using a saw for this project, make sure that its blade is appropriate for cutting through the plastic. You’ll also need an abrasive block or sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges from the cut pipe.
Step 3: Dry Fit All Components of Your Design
After obtaining and cutting down all necessary pieces of PVC piping as well as fitting them together with the chosen connectors, dry fit everything! Make sure there aren’t going to be any gaps between different components, then set everything aside until later on in Step Four.
Step 4: Glue Down Connectors & Pipe Fitting With Epoxy/Silicone Caulk
Once you’ve dry-fitted all of your components, use epoxy or silicone caulk to glue everything down.
First, apply a bit of adhesive to the male end of the connector and then press it firmly against its corresponding female component on one side. If possible, place something heavy over this connection to apply pressure while the epoxy dries overnight. Then repeat this process for each individual fitting, ensuring no gaps between any two pieces.
Step 5: Sand & Paint Fixtures & Pipe As Needed
Now take sandpaper (or an abrasive block) and smooth out any rough spots from where you glued things together as well as around the circumference of pipe fittings., paint these items with whatever paint you have on hand if desired, and allow them to dry. If the surface of a certain fitting is going to be touching something else (like a wall), then paint it accordingly so that your finished product looks clean and professional.
When all components are dry, insert one end of each pipe into its corresponding connector until they snap or fit snugly together without any gaps between fittings. Repeat this process for every other fitting from the longest piece of PVC piping to the shortest.
Then add some water through your newly-constructed system to check for leaks! Fix anything that shows signs of dripping with more caulk/epoxy before turning on the faucet completely.
PVC can make excellent material for DIY projects. It’s versatile, easy to work with, and pretty inexpensive. Keep these tips in mind when thinking about how to reuse PVC pipe fittings for your next project! You can also check our post about unscrewing broken PVC pipes and using a pipe laser level.