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.
By Staff August 1, 1999

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