How to Connect ABS Pipes

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ABS plastic pipe, originally developed in the early 1950s, was for use in oil fields and the chemical industry. Today, ABS plastic pipes are more economical to install than metal piping for drainage, wastewater and venting in home plumbing systems. Because of their plastic construction, ABS pipes do not rot, rust or corrode and install time is less than metal DWV piping. Once the pipe has been cut and de-burred, you can make the necessary connections of the ABS pipes and fittings with the proper tools, materials and basic plumbing know-how.

Things You'll Need

  • De-burring tool
  • ABS pipe cleaner
  • Cloth
  • ABS primer
  • ABS cement
  • Check the outer end of the ABS pipe and the inside edge for burrs that may have occurred during cutting. Remove any burrs using a de-burring tool.

  • Clean the outer end of the ABS pipe and the inside of the ABS fitting intended for the pipe connection using an approved ABS cleaning solvent. Apply the cleaner using the dauber attached to the container cap and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

  • Apply ABS cement primer on the cleaned outside surface of the pipe and the inside of the fitting.

  • Apply a light coat of ABS cement on both the primed surfaces inside of the fitting and on the outer end of the ABS pipe.

  • Insert the pipe into the fitting or the fitting onto the pipe depending on the circumstance until it is fully seated. Turn the pipe or fitting one-quarter turn in either direction. Allow thirty-seconds for the cement to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • ABS is an acronym for Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene.
  • Do not use the DWV system until the ABS-cemented connection has cured according to the recommended period outlined by the ABS cement manufacturer.

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