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Forum topic by ynathans posted 02-10-2014 02:30 AM 1193 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2014 02:30 AM

Help. I am setting up a dust collection system w 6” pvc and the fittings will not fit on the ends of the pipe that I have cut. The rubber gasket on the fittings won’t clear the end of the pipe.

My research on the internet is showing that I have to bevel the end of the pipe to get it to fit right. How do I do this? Is there a special tool to do this? Anyone else encounter this issue when putting their system together?


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#1 posted 02-10-2014 03:16 AM

I think a file or a sander would work.


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#2 posted 02-10-2014 03:20 AM

A Block plane works pretty well for chamfering the end of pvc pipe.

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 03:51 AM

I have done more of these bevels than I care to remember back when I installed water pipe for public water and sewer systems, and we used a coarse wood rasp. Of course, back then I had no idea what a “block plane” was.

Just remember that the longer you make the bevel, the easier it is to join. Don’t forget the lubricant either. For drinking water systems we had to use a particular kind, but for non-potable stuff we often just used dishwashing liquid, maybe mixed with just a bit of water.

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 03:59 AM

You can also use a heat gun to soften the PVC then insert the fitting. As the PVC cools it will shrink and make a snug connection. Check out this tutorial on you tube:
Using this technique you can make custom bends too. It allows you to really stretch out those 90’s and 45’s or any angle in between to reduce lose of CFM’s. The applications are only limited by your imagination.

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