Cementing PVC Conduit and Fittings

Working with PVC conduit and its fiitings is easy and with the right right technique, you can have a strong holding bond between the conduit and the fitting by using this great tip on how to glue with PVC glue.

PVC conduit and its fiitings are an alternative to metal conduit, although it is not as durable or as strong as metal. It does have an advantage when it comes to wet areas and underground installations. Unlike rigid metal conduit that has threaded fittings or EMT conduit that has setscrew fittings, PVC conduit has glued fittings that require some special twists and turns to make them secure and stay holding strong.

I’m talking about taking the time to prepare the conduit and how to glue it properly. First, if you cut the conduit, take a knife and ream the outer and inner areas of the pipe to remove any loose frays of plastic from the cut. Second, use a PVC primer to ready the conduit for glue. Third, Prime the fitting that will be joined to the conduit. Fourth, glue both the fitting and the conduit end. Fifth, join the conduit and fiiting, push together tightly until you feel it hit the stop point, and twist a quarter of a turn or so while keeping pressure on both the fitting and the conduit for a few seconds. This will ensure a tight fit and a great glue joint.

If you intend to add more glue joints to the run of conduit, read the glue bottle and allow ample time for each glue joint to dry. Now that you know how easy it is to have a perfect glue joint, are you ready to glue PVC conduit and its fittings?