PVC pipe is a very important and common item in everyday construction. It is recommended that when using them, you should maintain and chamfer the pipes before use. In fact, you should not assemble PVC pipe without chamfering it prior to assembly. Chamfering is the process of making a smooth edge or bevel on a material with a straight or rough edge. You do this to make the pipe smoother and easier to fit into a connector. This article explains why you should chamfer PVC pipe before use.

How to chamfer PVC pipe

Chamfering PVC pipe requires either filing, scraping or grinding away the outer 90-degree angle on the end. This is to make sure that there are no sharp edges.

Why it is important to chamfer PVC pipe

If there are sharp edges on the pipe when it is pushed into a joining socket, it will act like a knife and push any sealant that may be placed ahead of it. This will result in a poor-quality join, and leaking may occur further down the line. Accordingly, you should make sure that any pipework is properly chamfered before assembling it. This way, you can avoid larger and more costly problems later.

KEAH pipe chamfer toolWhen to replace PVC pipe

Sometimes, you will be unable to properly chamfer PVC pipe due to its location. In this case, you will need to make a choice to replace a larger section of the pipe so that the correct procedure can be followed. While it can seem like a radical solution that will require more manpower and time, a cracked joint in the repair will undoubtedly lead to much more downtime later on, as well as extra costs and hassle. You should ideally chamfer PVC pipe before it is put in place.

A quick and cheap way to chamfer a pipe is with a metal file or wood scraper. By filing away the sharp edge, it will become smoother and less likely to harm the internal fittings on the connector.

An alternative, arguably an even quicker way to chamfer a pipe, is using the KEAH pipe chamfer. These tools can further the speed of chamfering a pipe; in turn, saving you time during installation. Check out the video below to see how the plastic pipe chamfer by KEAH works.

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