Plastic PVC is most commonly used by plumbers and very clever DIY enthusiasts. This material and pipe were designed to transport water, as it cannot wear out over time like rusting metal can. PVC is also structurally very strong. When parts are constructed properly, it can support structures that are hundreds of pounds!
This class aims to go over the material properties of PVC as well as the most common ways it is worked, machined, joined, and finished. You'll be inspired to create furniture, agriculture projects, and more after learning these simple techniques to work with PVC.
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Lesson 1: Tools and Materials for PVC
We kick off this class with a list of common tools and workshop consumables needed for working with PVC, as well as an in-depth overview of what PVC pipe is and safety protocols for working with it.
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Lesson 2: Cutting and Making Holes
Whoever knew you had so many options when it came to cutting down and machining PVC? This section goes over the many ways you can make long lengths of PVC shorter, and add holes as necessary.
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Lesson 3: Gluing and Fastening PVC
Get your respirator on for this lesson, because it's a stinker! We'll go over how to work with bonding PVC into pipe fittings, but also discover that not every PVC joint needs to be cemented together.
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Lesson 4: Cleaning and Finishing PVC
Take your pipe from drab to fab in this section! This lesson goes over how to remove manufacturer's printing from PVC pipe, and how to prep PVC projects for painting.
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Lesson 5: Bending and Forming PVC
We end with a slightly advanced skill, making PVC bends. Heat forming PVC is a bit tricky, but with practice and ingenuity, you'll be ready to make safe bends.
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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!