How to Attach PVC Pipes to Steel Pipes

What You'll Need
Pipe wrench
Steel brush
Thread sealer
Female adapter
Pipe wrench

If you are looking for an economical way to change your pipes, try attaching PVC pipes to your steel pipes. This project will prove to be both economical and beneficial to any home owner. Read the step by step information below to find out how to do this fairly simple, and very economical DIY project at a fast and pretty easy pace.

Step 1 - Take off the Old

You will first want to remove the old steel pipe. This is done by taking off the pipe to the point where you are wanting to change the pipe to something new.

Step 2 - Clean It Up

Next you will want to clean the threads on the steel pipe. Use your steel brush to do this. You will want to make sure to remove any dirt, dust, debris and grime that may be present. Doing this will ensure a solid attachment.

Step 3 - Apply the Sealer

Using your thread sealer, you will want to apply a generous amount to the male threads on the steel piping. Do not worry about over using the sealer. You can wipe off any remaining and excess sealer at a later point in the project very easily with just a rag.

Step 4 - Connecting the Male and Female

Taking the female adapter, you will want to apply it to the male pipe threads. Using just your hands at first, tighten as much as possible with your own force. After you have tightened as much as you can with your hands, you will want to use either your pipe wrench or pliers to finish the tightening so it becomes very secure. Just make sure you do not over tighten, for this will cause the fitting to be damaged and unusable.

Step 5 - Clean the End

Now, doing some more cleaning, wipe off the end of the PVC pipe using PVC cleaner. Before you continue to the next step, you will want to make sure the the PVC pipe is very clean, and you will also want to make sure it is very dry.

Step 6 - Apply Glue

After the PVC pipe is dry, you will want to use your PVC glue to cover the end of the pipe.  Use a generous amount of glue to do this to ensure a proper bond. You will want to complete this next step while the glue is still wet, do not allow  the glue to dry, or it will prevent the pipes from holding together properly.

Step 7 - Insert

Push the still wet PVC pipe into the fitting, using a bit of force. Hold the pipe in place until the glue sets. Make sure it is attached properly and securely by testing the strength out.

Step 8 - Repeat

Repeat the above steps for any remaining pipes that need to be fitted together. Follow the above steps just as you did with the previous steps and you should have no problem finishing this DIY project.