How to Connect Metal Shutoff Valves to Plastic Pipes

What You'll Need
Crescent wrench
Teflon tape
PVC adapter
PVC cement

If you need to connect metal shutoff valves to plastic pipes, use these instructions to do it without professional help.

Step 1 - Prepare the Plastic Pipe

Wipe both ends of the plastic pipe on the inside and outside with a cloth. Make sure it is completely dry.

Step 2 - Apply the PVC Cement

Apply the plastic pipe cement on both the PVC and the adapter. Use the dabber that comes with the cement and apply a liberal amount around the inside of the pipe. Slip the pipe into the adapter.

Step 3 - Install the Plastic Pipe

Insert the end of the PVC pipe to the end of the adapter. Push the plastic pipe into the adapter and make a twist inside. This will mesh the cement and bond the pipe and adapter together.

Step 4 - Apply Teflon Tape

Put three layers of the Teflon tape on the other end of the adapter. Put it on the threaded inside and smooth the tape with your fingers.

Step 5 - Install the Shutoff Valve

Attach the threaded end of the adapter to the shutoff valve by screwing it in.

Step 6 - Tighten the Shutoff Valve

With the crescent wrench, tighten the valve into the adapter. To avoid damaging the adapter, do not over-tighten shutoff valves.