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Drainage Pipe Ratings

Posted by Bob Bawden on 3/22/2017
A summary of the difference in ratings between pressure and drainage or soil pipe.

An alternative to Durapipe

Posted by Bob Bawden on 12/1/2015 to Plastic Pipe
Alternative plastic pipe system to Durapipe

How to assemble plastic pipe and fittings

Posted by Bob Bawden on 11/6/2015 to Plastic Pipe
New videos on our YouTube channel, including a full description of how to cement plastic pipe and fittings together.


Y Strainers save downtime

Posted by Bob Bawden on 10/21/2015 to Plastic Pipe
Y Strainers are an often overlooked fitting for a PVC pipe system. Strainers should be installed to catch the occasional bit of debris in a system. If you have a water supply which is constantly full of large particles, a larger, more substantial filter system should be installed. If your water source is generally clean has any possibility of being contaminated by biological matter, bits of string, cable ties etc swept from floors or gantries, or even a tool dropped into a sump, the fitting of a strainer in your line can be invaluable. With mesh sizes of 0.9mm in strainers up to 63mm, and 2mm in the strainers over that size, there is very little affect to water flow rates, pressures etc.

Pipework for hydro power systems

Posted by Bob Bawden on 5/5/2015 to Plastic Pipe
Some hints and tips when buying pipe for hydro schemes.

PVC, UPVC and PVCU

Posted by Bob Bawden on 4/22/2015 to Plastic Pipe
A description of PVC, PVCu and uPVC

North American Plastic Pipe Specifications

Posted by Bob Bawden on 4/22/2015 to Plastic Pipe
An explanation of how North American plastic pipe specifications differ from those likely to be found in the UK and Europe

Contractors Packs Introduced

Posted by Bob Bawden on 2/10/2015 to Plastic Pipe
Contractors packs of pvc pipe and fittings

HELP! How soon can I turn my system on?

Posted by Bob Bawden on 11/17/2014 to Plastic Pipe
We are often asked how soon a cemented plastic pipe joint can be put back into action - this post will hopefully help you

PVC Paint Video

Posted by Administrator on 10/23/2014 to PVC Pipe
A new video about our PVC Paint

Saving money by specifiying the right pvc pipe

Posted by Administrator on 10/22/2014 to PVC Pipe
Choosing the right type of pipe system and avoiding over specification can save you a lot of money.

PVC or ABS Pipe - which is best for you?

Posted by Administrator on 10/17/2014 to Plastic Pipe
A summary of the process to choose between using PVC and ABS pipe systems

Cutting large diameter plastic pipe

Posted by Administrator on 10/17/2014 to Plastic Pipe
A discussion of the best ways to cut large diameter plastic pipe

Drainage System

Posted by Administrator on 9/9/2014 to Plastic Pipe
The last ten years or so has seen a gradual fading out of pvc drainage pipe systems over 160mm.

How much glue/cement to use?

Posted by Administrator on 9/3/2014 to Plastic Pipe
There are several trains of thought on how much glue / solvent cement a pipe and fitting require. This article gives information on how much solvent cement to use.

Operating pressures of different plastic pipe systems

Posted by Administrator on 8/19/2014 to Plastic Pipe
What pressure is your system actually running at?

Tips on using Clear Pipe and Fittings

Posted by Bob Bawden on 8/11/2014 to Plastic Pipe
An explanation of how to get the best out of clear pvc pipe and fittings

Cross Atlantic Tunnel anybody?

Posted by Bob Bawden on 5/28/2014 to Plastic Pipe
Cross Atlantic Tunnel

Why PVC pipe glue will not fill gaps!

Posted by Administrator on 5/20/2014 to Plastic Pipe
PVC pipe glue is designed to weld two closely fitting plastic pipe surfaces together. It should not be used to fill the gap whilst trying to make an imperial pipe fit into a metric socket.

Compatibility of Unions

Posted by Administrator on 5/1/2014 to Plastic Pipe
Detailed information on which unions are compatible with each other

Distinguishing between BSP and NPT threads

Posted by Bob Bawden on 4/30/2014 to Plastic Pipe
NPT and BSP Threads in Plastic Pipe Systems

BSP Threads

Posted by Bob Bawden on 3/13/2014 to Plastic Pipe


Identifiying and measuring threads on plastic pipe fittings

Single and Double Union PVC Ball Valves

Posted by Bob Bawden on 2/12/2014 to PVC Pipe
plastic ball valve
Choosing between Single Union and Double Union Ball Valves

Clear PVC Pipe Systems

Posted by Bob Bawden on 8/14/2013 to Plastic Pipe
A description of clear pvc pipe systems

Lights...Camera..Action!

Posted by Bob Bawden on 6/28/2013 to Plastic Pipe