Tapping PVC with brass
Problem: You need to tap into a PVC pipe with a brass fitting, but the right tapping cutter is not readily available.
Problem: You need to tap into a PVC pipe with a brass fitting, but the right tapping cutter is not readily available. Can something be improvised?
Solution: Take a spare brass fitting and carefully slice in along the starting thread with a hacksaw. A little tapping die is created that makes short work of the plastic pipe.
Contributor: Martin Green, Research Director, Benchmark Testware, Winnipeg, Canada
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey