UPVC vs CPVC: Differences, Properties & Applications

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is one of the most used materials in plumbing, irrigation, electrical cables insulation as well as construction. It is cheap to produce, easy to install and can last just as long as other materials. PVC is also a very versatile material and that is where there are several types of PVC pipes … Read more

PVC Pipes Pressure Rating vs Size: Sch 40 & 80 Charts

What Pressure Can a PVC Pipe Withstand? The pressure rating of a PVC pipe is directly proportional to its wall thickness (schedule) and inversely proportional its nominal size. Small-diameter PVC pipes can withstand more pressure than big-diameter pipes, while schedule 80 pipes can handle more pressure than schedule 40 pipes. In short, the pressure rating … Read more

PVC Pipes Dimension Charts – Schedule 40 & 80

What are Standard PVC Pipe Sizes? PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes are the most preferred pipes in modern plumbing for their many advantages over other types of pipes. Apart from plumbing, they are also used in construction and industrial applications. One challenge that most folks face when buying PVC pipes is identifying their sizing. There are … Read more

Advantages of PVC Pipes Over Other Materials

What are the Advantages of PVC Pipes? PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is one of the most sought after material in the manufacture of pipes whether for use in plumbing or in industrial application. And it is not hard to see why PVC pipes are the pipes of choice in plumbing, construction and the manufacturing industries. These … Read more

The 6 Different Types of PVC Pipes – Detailed Guide

How Many Different Types of PVC Pipes are there? PVC pipes are the most preferred pipes by plumbers especially when it comes to the installation of drain lines. They are inexpensive, lightweight, corrosion-resistant and are not affected by tree roots unlike cast-iron pipes. That being said, there are different types of PVC pipes mainly based … Read more

PVC vs UPVC Pipes: Differences, Pros, Cons

Is PVC the Same as UPVC? In the past, cast-iron was the material of choice for drainage pipes and industrial applications in the United States and pretty much the rest of the world. Plastic pipes are more preferred now for various reasons. When choosing a plastic pipe, you will need to choose between PVC, uPVC … Read more

How to Easily Replace a Water Heater T&P Relief Valve

A water heater temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve also known as the TPR valve is designed to open up and discharge water from the tank if the pressure and temperature are too high (210 degrees Fahrenheit and 150 psi). It is the water heater’s failsafe. TPR valves prevent water heaters from exploding. This is … Read more

4 Ways to Fix a Leaking Main Water Shut off Valve

How Do You Stop a Main Water Valve from Leaking? The main shut off valve is the valve that turns on and off the water supply to your whole house. For the most part, this valve is always open unless you are performing major plumbing repairs. Because of this, the valve is usually attacked by … Read more

NPT vs BSP: Differences, Chart, NPS, BSPT

I was writing an article about the different types of thread sealants and it dawned on me that all threads are not created equal. Pipe thread forms in the United States is different to that of the United Kingdom. The two main types of pipe thread styles are National Pipe Thread (NPT) and British Standard … Read more

Pipe Dope vs Teflon Tape: What to Use & Where

Anytime you are connecting pipes or fittings together, you almost always need to apply a thread sealant on the threads.  That means having to choose between pipe dope and Teflon tape. So, what is the difference between Teflon tape and pipe dope? Which one should you use? Is one better than the other? Pipe dope … Read more