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 much the same, 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.
Tube cutters work fine on small diameter pipes – for larger pipes you’ll want to use a hacksaw or miter saw.
Make cuts as straight as possible to ensure a proper fit.
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.
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.