Plastics come in many forms, shapes and sizes. This versatility makes them popular among many things you use at home, including utensils and appliances. Certainly, the plumbing sector is also part of the plastics craze. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is one of the best plastics you can use for the plumbing in your home. ABS is a combination of several compounds, such as butadiene, styrene and acrylonitrile. The combination makes ABS strong, creep resistant and highly formable. It also boasts excellent chemical resistance and dimensional stability. Do you want to use ABS fittings for the plastic plumbing in your home? Here are some simple steps for you to follow:
1. Cut off the Water Supply
The first step to replacing bad fittings or adding new ones to your plumbing is to cut off the water supply. This elementary safety precaution will prevent any damage to the material you are using. It also reduces the amount of water that would run to waste as you fasten the loose fittings.
2. Measure and Cut the Pipes to Fit
Identify the sections where you would like to install the fitting, and take measurements. Mark the pipe accurately and before cutting it according to the measurements that you have. Note that cutting plastics pipe requires the right tools and caution to prevent any damage. Ideally, you should use plastic pipe cutters for a neat finish. However, hacksaws can also come in handy if you have trouble finding a plastic pipe cutter. Fine-toothed blades and hacksaws are readily available in home improvement stores near you.
3. Deburr the Plastic Pipe
Burring is a common challenge when doing pipework installation with plastic pipes. Generally, burrs are small ridges that occur on the edge of an object when you cut it. You will have to smooth the edges before installing the fitting. When deburring, you need special deburring tools, such as safety scrappers or ceramic double burrs. They will give you the best result. Refrain from using sandpaper on the rough edges. It will worsen the burrs or wear the pipe significantly, distorting your measurements.
4. Install the Fitting
After deburring, you are ready to install your new fitting. Apply the ABS cement solvent mixture to the inside of the fitting and a little on the edge of the pipe that will be in contact with the fitting. After applying the solvent mixture, insert the pipe gradually into the fitting while turning it slightly. This ensures proper alignment. Let the joint dry for about three minutes before restoring the water supply.