• In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey explains how to work with PVC pipes.


    1 Cut PVC pipe with handsaw, then deburr the inside of pipe to remove any roughness.
    2 Dry-assemble the pipe and fittings.
    3 Use felt-tip marker to draw positioning lines across pipe and fittings.
    4 Clean pipe end and inside of fitting with PVC primer.
    5 Apply PVC cement to pipe end and inside of fitting.
    6 Immediately assemble the glued part, making sure the positioning marks are aligned.
    7 Hold the assembly together for three seconds.
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    • Difficulty: Moderate

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      Tools List

      • hand saw
        PVC handsaw
      • Deburring tool
        Deburring tool
      • 30-foot tape measure
        Tape measure

      Shopping List

      1. PVC pipe and assorted fittings

      2. PVC primer
      used to clean PVC pipe and fittings prior to gluing

      3. PVC cement
      used to glued together PVC pipe and fittings

      4. Teflon tape
      used to create watertight seal on threaded fittings

      5. Felt-tip marker for marking proper alignment of pipe and fittings