How To Cement PVC Conduit for Electrical Wiring
Time Required: Under 2 hours
For a safe and long-lasting solution to electrical wiring, you can install PVC (non-metallic) conduit. Conduit is PVC pipe designed to safely contain electrical wiring. Cutting and cementing conduit is a project you can easily do and save yourself some money.
This project guide will explain how. Be sure to follow any instructions that come with your cement or conduit.
Before you get started:
- Draw a diagram of your plans and measure the conduit run to determine the amount of pipe and number of connectors you need. Purchase extra conduit and connectors to avoid repeat trips back to the store.
- Check local building codes and regulations before you start. Some areas of the country require professional installation, while others specify the types of materials.
- Avoid getting glue on your skin, as it can burn.
- Cement vapor can be harmful. Always work with the cement in a well-ventilated area or wear a vapor respirator.
- Wear safety glasses while cutting and gluing conduit.
- Tube cutters work well with small diameter pipe. For larger pipe, use a hacksaw or miter saw. Make your cuts as straight as possible to ensure a proper fit.
- Measure your length of conduit and use a pen to mark where you will cut it.
- Cut the conduit straight across.
- Remove shavings and smooth the cut’s edges with a deburring tool.
- Test fit your conduit and connector by sliding the conduit into the connector until it meets the bottom of the connector’s shoulder.
- Clean the conduit end thoroughly and allow it to dry.
- Apply cement to the outside surface of the conduit, allow it to sit for a few seconds, then apply cement inside the connector.
- Slide the conduit carefully into the connector until it meets the bottom of the connector’s shoulder, while twisting slightly to distribute the cement.
- Hold the cemented conduit and connector in place for about 30 seconds to allow the cement to set. It’s normal for the joint to feel slightly warm during this process.
- Wipe away any excess cement with a clean rag.