The main difference between PVC and uPVC is that uPVC doesn’t contain phthalates or BPA. This makes it safer for transporting water, as well as making it fire-resistant.Continue Reading
The term PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and the term uPVC stands for unplasticized polyvinyl chloride. PVC pipe is often used to distribute water that people aren’t going to drink. It’s also used to insulate electric cables. The uPVC versions often replace wood when building window frames and sills. The uPVC pipe variant also often replaces pipes made of cast iron for drains, waste piping, downspouts and gutters.
Many people use PVC instead of metal, as PVC is much easier to cut than metal, and it’s also easy to use glue together. In addition, PVC is still fairly tough, so not much strength is lost. Most plastic piping around the globe is actually uPVC because of how resistant it is to degradation caused by chemicals, high and low temperatures and various pressure points. The uPVC version of piping is less flexible than regular PVC, but it's also more recyclable.
Neither uPVC nor PVC pipes are used for drinking water. The cPVC variant is used for this purpose instead because it is much safer.Learn more about Plumbing
PU and PVC are both different kinds of imitation leather, but they differ in the materials that they are made of and the way that they are made. Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC leather, is made by chemically altering vinyl. Polyurethane, or PU leather, is made from leather leftovers and polyurethane.Full Answer >
To bend PVC pipe, put a cap on one end of the pipe, fill it with clean, dry sand, then put a cap on the other end as well. Next, heat the pipe and the sand carefully with a heat gun, then bend the pipe slowly into the desired shape. Allow the pipe to cool for at least several minutes and then empty the sand from the pipe.Full Answer >
To cut PVC pipe, mark the measurement on the pipe, using masking tape as a guide, secure the pipe so that it won't move, then cut carefully along the marked line with a hacksaw or pipe cutting tool. This process takes about 10 minutes and requires a PVC pipe, masking tape, a measuring tape, a pencil, a miter box, and a hacksaw or pipe cutter. Wear protective eye wear and a dust mask to prevent injury.Full Answer >
Polychloride vinyl fittings, sized similarly to pipes of the same material, vary by diameter and wall thickness. The difference between the outside and inside diameters are generally standardized into one of two dimensionless measurements: Schedule 40 and Schedule 80. The former indicates pipes and fittings with a wall thickness between 0.068 and 0.687 inches, while the latter refers to material wall thickness between 0.095 and 1.218 inches.Full Answer >