I have installed PVC pipe many times over the past decades and know
how to apply the glue. However, the project I am working on right now
is a little different. I am using black 1.25" "furniture grade" PVC
from formufit.com to build a frame for a large awning.
I have built what I want but have not glued it together yet. Due to
the tight fit, it almost stays together well enough without any glue.
The thought of pulling each joint apart, glueing it, and then putting
it back together scares me. I realized I have no idea how long it
takes the glue to set up. For water pipe, I clean it, apply the glue,
push it together and then leave it alone for a few hours. But, for
this project, how long do I have to rotate joints before the glue is
set? 10 seconds? a minute? 10 minutes? I have no idea.
So I have two questions:
1. How long do I have after applying the glue to work with the joints
before the glue sets? (if it is a very short time, is there slower
2. Are there other ways to assemble PVC? For example, would a single
self-tapping screw at each joint work? (Remember, this pipe will not
be pressurized). With a screw, I would also be able to disassemble
the frame later for storage or to make modifications.
Thanks for your ideas,