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Cutting and Connecting Rigid Plastic Pipes

ABS, CPVC, and PVC are different types of rigid plastic pipes commonly used in residential plumbing systems. The tools and techniques used to cut and prep these pipes are very similar and the types of glue used for cementing vary slightly. Check the local plumbing codes to find the required pipe type and size in your area.





Step 1: Cutting the Pipes

Step 1: Cut the pipe for a proper fit 1. Tube cutters work fine on small diameter pipes. For larger pipes you’ll want to
    use a hacksaw or miter saw.

2. Make cuts as straight as possible to ensure a proper fit.

Step 2: Prepare the Pipe for Connecting

Step 2: Prepare the Pipe for Connecting 1. Deburr – use a deburring tool or utility knife to remove burrs or shavings.

2. Dry-fit pipes and fittings, making sure the piping run is sized correctly, and
    does not bend or twist.

Step 3: Connecting the Pipe

Step 3: Cement pipes by coating the surface with ABS cement 1. For ABS pipe, remove any ink, oil, or dirt with chemical pipe cleaner and allow
     time to dry.

2. Cement ABS pipes by coating the surface with ABS cement, pushing the
    connectors together quickly with a twist until properly sealed, and holding the
    connected pipes for thirty seconds to ensure proper connection.

3. Cementing CPVC and PVC pipes requires the application of a primer before
    applying the cement to ensure proper adhesion.

4. Wipe away any excess cement with a rag.