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    Plumbing DIY is not as hard as you may think.

    So replacing those leaky copper and galvanized pipes with the modern copper and PVC and CPVC plastic pipes is probably a job that you could do yourself. 

    Home maintenance plumbing could cost you an arm and a leg especially if you have to hire any plumbing company,

    So I decided that if I could help with some free advise on how it all works.

    Then most people could give it try if they had just a few basic instructions.
    I like to think of plumbing DIY as putting together a puzzle of a road. You just fill in the middle between

    Point A and Point B. the first thing you need to do is get a piece of paper and pencil out and sketch out a rough picture of your puzzle. Then you need to go get the supplies you need to do the job with.

    Well, it is a little bit more than that, but you get the picture I hope.

    I have included a basic list of tools and supplies to get you started below.

    A Notebook or some paper
    Hack Saw or Pipe Cutters
    Adjustable grips
    Tape measure
    White Alcohol
    1/2″ CPVC Pipe comes in 5′, 10′, 15′, and 20′ sections and cost around £1.50/foot

    1/2″ PVC pipe comes in 5′ & 10′ and cost around £0.60/foot
    CPVC glue cement cost around £16 for a pint
    1/2″ x 100″ Thread sealant tape cost around £1.50

    Basic Pipe Fittings

    45°Elbow CPVC- £0.55 PVC- £0.40
    90°Elbow CPVC- £0.40 PVC £0.25
    Cap CPVC-£0.35 PVC-£0.20
    Coupling CPVC-£0.35 PVC-£0.15
    Male Adapter CPVC-£0.40 PVC-£0.20
    Tee CPVC-£0.50 PVC-£0.30
    1/4 Turn Angle Supply Stop CPVC- PVC-£3.90
    Copper pipe and fitting are of a similar price but you need to check with your supplier.
    After you sketch out the rough picture of your project, you then take a tape measure and get the measurements for each section to

    fill in the sketch picture from one section to the next in order to get a rough estimate of what pipe and fittings that you will need.

    At each section estimate how many of each fitting you will need too.

    It is also a good idea to buy a couple of extra of each since they are under a pound apiece, and you should have an extra section of pipe too.

    Sometimes you may make a mistake and glue the wrong fitting on the pipe which could cost you another trip to the hardware store in order to complete your home maintenance plumbing DIY project.

    You take your measured lengths of pipe and gently rough the area where you will glue your fittings to with the sandpaper. Then clean the area with the alcohol. Next, apply the glue and then put the required fitting on it.

    Then simply move to the next fitting and follow the same steps to prepare the pipe. Then attach your fitting on the pipe. Don’t forget to put you’re shut off valve where it will be convenient to turn off your water in case of emergencies. 

    You will want to insulate your pipes before the cold weather comes in too. After allowing the glue to set and dry, which takes approximately 15 minutes since the last fitting you glued. Then you turn on the water and check every fitting joint of your plumbing job for leaks.

    Once you have checked for leaks then your job is finished, you can now move on to the next job.

    Don’t forget though, you cannot touch gas pipes, they have to be changed and tested by a gas safe registered engineer. Whatever you do, don’t try and use the plastic pipe on gas. like I said use a gas safe engineer.
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