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We Have a Sister Company Specialising in Furniture Grade PVC Pipe and Fittings!

If you love our furniture grade pipe but aren't really interested in the rest of our products, we have a sister company dedicated to the DIY market and furniture grade PVC's place within it! Read on for more information.
 
 
 

How to Measure Pipe Dimensions

Measuring the diameter of a plastic pipe might seem quite straightforward at first – you just measure the diameter of the pipe. However, it's important that you measure the right diameter with the right unit, so you can tell exactly what size it is, and make sure that when you're reordering fittings or more pipe, that you choose the right size.


 
 
 

Why You Should Use Unions

A union is a three-part fitting. The first part is a section which has a large thread on it and an O-ring inside which makes the seal. On the other side of this first part is a plain socket. The other half of the union consists of two parts: a union nut and a socketed section. The nut slides over the socketed section and, together, they pair up with the threaded section of the union. The O-ring sits against the flat surface of the socketed section to give you a good seal.

 
 
 

The Advantages of a Double Union Ball Valve

Double union ball valves have both advantages and disadvantages – figuring out where you need the valve in your pipe system and what kind of control you want to have over the flow will help you decide whether a double union ball valve is the right choice for you.


 
 
 

PVC Gate Valves

A PVC gate valve is quite a complex valve compared to more simple valves, like a ball valve, but is fantastic for fine control of flow. The wheel at the top of the valve has about eight/eight-and-a-half turns from fully shut to fully open, which allows for very small movements in the internal workings of the valve. This gives you fine control of your flow.


 
 
 

Video Demonstrating Resilience of Furniture/ Display Grade PVC

We have recently added a new range of coloured Furniture/ Display Grade PVC pipe and fittings to our website. 
This video demonstrates the difference between standard PVC and Furniture/ Display Grade PVC pipe and fittings.
 
 
 

Connecting Metal Threads to Plastic Threads

We are regularly asked what is the best way to connect metal threads to plastic threads.

There are two main options. Firstly, using a standard threaded fitting and a metal thread, just to thread it straight on. The second option would be to use some special fittings, which are composite unions. With a composite union, there is metal on one side and a plastic socket on the other.

 
 
 

ABS Properties & Applications

ABS plastic has several characteristics that makes it the material of choice for many specialist applications. ABS has a high ductility, which is the ability to deform and reform to the items original shape. The best known application of this is in the use of ABS for making LEGO bricks. 
 
 
 

Spears Gate Valves

Spears PVC gate valves are, in our opinion, the best valve for fine control of flow rates. 

The handle has to be turned many times between fully closed and fully open states which gives the ability to set very accurate flow rates. 
 
 
 

Summer Job Vacancy 2018

We are looking for a Video Production intern to join our team in Stirling over summer. The aim of this role is to produce a series of short engaging videos for uploading to Youtube which will showcase individual products and provide a library of "how to" videos for our customers.
 
 
 

Assembling Vent Pipe Systems

PVC ventilation systems can be joined by either solvent weld, hot air welding, or using a temporary sealer such as silicone / mastic. PPS system can only be hot air welded.

 
 
 

Drainage Pipe Ratings

A summary of the difference in ratings between pressure and drainage or soil pipe.
 
 
 

An alternative to Durapipe

Alternative plastic pipe system to Durapipe
 
 
 

How to assemble plastic pipe and fittings

New videos on our YouTube channel, including a full description of how to cement plastic pipe and fittings together.


 
 
 

Y Strainers save downtime

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

Some hints and tips when buying pipe for hydro schemes.
 
 
 

North American Plastic Pipe Specifications

An explanation of how North American plastic pipe specifications differ from those likely to be found in the UK and Europe
 
 
 

PVC, UPVC and PVCU

A description of PVC, PVCu and uPVC
 
 
 

Contractors Packs Introduced

Contractors packs of pvc pipe and fittings
 
 
 

HELP! How soon can I turn my system on?

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

A new video about our PVC Paint
 
 
 

Saving money by specifiying the right pvc pipe

Choosing the right type of pipe system and avoiding over specification can save you a lot of money.
 
 
 

Cutting large diameter plastic pipe

A discussion of the best ways to cut large diameter plastic pipe
 
 
 

PVC or ABS Pipe - which is best for you?

A summary of the process to choose between using PVC and ABS pipe systems