If you are starting a project and need to learn how to join polyethylene pipe (PE), you may be overwhelmed at just the thought. Thankfully though, this task isn't very difficult at all. PE pipe cannot be solvent welded like many other piping can be. Here are some steps to follow to get the project done in no time.
Step 1 - Getting Your Tools Ready
Having your tools ready is important for any job, but especially one that involves plumbing. This job will go by quickly, but having everything laid out will help.
Step 2 - Size the Clamp
Changing the clamp to the right size has to be done before you can start anything. This can be done easily by trying to fit it around the pipe until it is the right size.
Step 3 - Joining the Pipe
After it is sized, take the clamp and push the pipe all the way back into the barbed fitting and leave about a quarter of an inch at the end.
Step 4 - Tighten
This may be the hardest step if you have flexible tubing. You need to make sure that you are making it tight enough, but you also want to make sure that it isn't too tight that it will kink or even break. You want water to be able to flow right through with ease.
Following these steps will ensure that you get the job done right.