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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
 
 
 

Drainage System

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?

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

What pressure is your system actually running at?
 
 
 

Tips on using Clear Pipe and Fittings

An explanation of how to get the best out of clear pvc pipe and fittings
 
 
 

Cross Atlantic Tunnel anybody?

Cross Atlantic Tunnel
 
 
 

Why PVC pipe glue will not fill gaps!

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

Detailed information on which unions are compatible with each other