PVC hole patch

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So you drilled a hole in your PVC pipe in the wrong place or maybe your repurposing a chunk of PVC. normally it would not be a problem pop off to the hardware store grab a coupler and your off n running. Except these are not currently normal times and if your like me have hit every store in town trying to get the parts needed for a gardening project only to find the ones that are open for business during the pandemic are all out of the most commonly needed items even my backorders are still 10 days out.
So this tip has allowed me on many occasions to continue on or patch something when I cannot get to the store.

There are two ways to do this I will go into the other one in another post

For this version you will require a chunk of the same size PVC pipe your patching but the flared end, the portion of pipe designed to have the same size pipe inserted into it, most pvc come with one end flared (don’t ever throw that end away it can save your butt many times)



This patch is for situations where you have at least one end of the pipe not attached so you can slide a ring down the pipe to the hole the second version will address the same patch but when both ends are attached and you cannot slide the ring down.




Cut the pvc ring big enough to cover the hole and allow for as much overlap as possible, the pictures Im using from a project that I needed many rings so I made as many as I could with what I had ideally you want them to be at least twice the size as the hole but as this was an outdoor project I was not overly worried.

slide the ring down the pipe until you get just before the hole to be patched, you want to be close enough to slide it over the hole once you apply the PVC cement before it dries. the cement acts fast so make sure your ready and get it in place the first time you only get one shot (well sorta) you can get a do over but ts not easy and does not always work and in this case not working usually means complete failure of the pipe.



When ready apply the cement around the hole not in it if possible, give a decent amount of overlap better safe than sorry then slide the ring over making sure you have the hole in the center of the patch ring at its widest point and it overlaps the hole as much as possible. The more overlap the less chance you have for it not to work.



And that is that, let it dry and your good to go, if your worried at al you can add a ziptie on each side of the patch ring and one on the middle of it to tighten it down then just give it all another light swipe with the PVC cement to give it added durability.

As I said its a quick fix it works in a pinch and holds, but if its inside or in a place you cannot have a leak I would replace it properly as soon as possible, just for my own peace of mind again just to play it safe.

Next time Ill go over this almost identical patch but for situations where you canot cut the pipe in order to apply the PVC patch ring.



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