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 —similar while 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

Cut the pipe for a proper fit

• Tube cutters work fine on small diameter pipes, but for larger pipes you’ll want to 
   use a hacksaw or miter saw.


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


Step 2: Prepare the pipe for connecting

Prepare the Pipe for Connecting

• Deburr – use a deburring tool or utility knife to remove burrs or shavings.


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


Step 3: Connecting

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

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

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

• Wipe away any excess cement with a rag.