Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

Tips For Repairing PVC Pipe


PVC pipe has many household plumbing applications including well equipment plumbing and automatic sprinkler systems. For this reason, it's a good idea for homeowners to understand how to work with it and make basic repairs. 

If you have a broken PVC pipe or want to make a repair, these tips will assist you:

Tip: Use Teflon Joint Compound Instead of Teflon Tape with Threaded PVC Pieces

If you need to connect two threaded pieces, skip the Teflon tape and instead use Teflon joint compound, also known as "dope". Dope covers the threads and helps make the seal between the two pieces watertight.

Tip: Prepare Each Piece Prior to Gluing

Before gluing two pieces of PVC pipe to each other, first, you need to sand them with sandpaper. Sanding removes any small plastic shards from cutting and roughs up their surface so it will glue together better. When you are done sanding, then wipe each piece clean and prime it with purple primer.

PVC isn't exactly glued together as most people believe it is. That blue goo you put on it to "glue" it is actually a solvent. The solvent dissolves the PVC on the outside of each part and then welds them back together as one piece. Once this process has completed, then the two pieces are no longer ever able to be separated. 

When attaching two PVC pieces together, you need to put the blue glue on each piece to ensure both surfaces have equal solvent coverage. 

Tip: Cut PVC on a Chop Saw if You Own One

If you own a chop saw, use it to cut your PVC pipe. The pipe is soft and will cut cleanly and easily with a saw blade designed to cut wood. If you don't own a chop saw, can use a hack saw or a specialized tool designed to cut PVC pipes. However, if you don't already own a PVC pipe cutting tool, save yourself the money and cut it with a saw instead. Even if you have to use a hack saw, it will be an easier and less frustrating project than using the cutting tool. While they sound like a great idea, they just don't really work very well.

Tip: Call a Licensed Plumber for Assistance or for Projects Involving Hot Water or Water Under Pressure

Finally, plumbers go through a lot of training to obtain their licenses, and this gives them a lot of plumbing knowledge you don't possess. While fixing simple pipe breaks are a reasonable DIY project for homeowners, if your project gets too complicated for your skill level or if it involves hot or pressurized water, then it's always best to get professional help from a plumber.


19 February 2019