FORMUFIT PVC Fittings are structural PVC fittings that work with any standard off-the-shelf PVC pipe. PVC fittings, also known as connectors, ells and tees and crosses, are more familiar to most people in plumbing applications, but we’ve assembled a collection of PVC fittings that are specifically designed to be used just to build stuff. The difference with our fittings is that they allow inventors, designers, makers and the DIY enthusiast to create innovative structural applications from, simple, inexpensive PVC pipe available in the plumbing departments of most home centers and hardware stores. Our PVC fittings come in a range of sizes and types, which can be used in an enormous array of applications to build just about anything you can think of.
Anything you can possibly think of. You can create anything from dog agility equipment to artwork, from PVC furniture to carts and holiday displays. One can think of FORMUFIT products as the peices for a giant Tinkertoy set, just for kids and adults alike. Both consumers and businesses alike can benefit from our products. You can get some ideas in our FREE PVC Plans section.
PVC pipe comes in a variety of sizes. FORMUFIT PVC Products were created so that individuals can produce any application or structure needed using whatever pipe is available to them or that their needs require. Some pipe is stronger and more rigid (1-1/4” and up) and ideal for structures that bear weight, while some pipe is more agile and flexible (1” and below), which is ideal for creating curved surfaces and smaller applications. In essence, the pipe actually is chosen based on the design and need. Check out our easy to use PVC Size Guide to determine the best PVC pipe size for you.
Drawing out your design and planning first are the great methods to determine your need. Another method is to download our PVC fitting and pipe components for Google SketchUp or our PVC fitting and pipe shapes for Microsoft Visio in our Downloads section. Using these programs (Google SketchUp is FREE), you can build, and even test out your design, before you place your order.
Additionally, you can download and print our PVC Size Guide to see actual pipe sizes and attributes to see which size PVC pipe is for you.
Nope. You can use standard plumbing-grade PVC pipe from your local hardware store or home center, however, plumbing-grade PVC does have drawbacks compared to FORMUFIT PVC pipe, such as limited life in sunlight, yellowing, manufacturers ink and stampings, brittleness and matte appearance. We do offer a few ideas on how to 'beautify' plumbing-grade PVC pipe in our Tips section, specifically under Cleaning PVC Pipe and Painting PVC Pipe.
No. Our fittings will only work with standard PVC pipe available in the plumbing section of your hardware store. CPVC has different outside diameters that are not compatible with standard PVC sizes. You can identify CPVC by its tan or light-brown color, whereas standard PVC is white in color.
No. Copper tube size is designed to accomodate copper to PVC connections only, and is has a different inside and outside diameter than normal 3/4" PVC. Only standard Schedule 40, 80 or 120 PVC pipe can be used with our External Fittings, and only Schedule 40 PVC pipe can be used with our internal fittings.
Yes, but only for our external fittings. While the outside diameter will match, the inside diameter of Thinwall PVC does not have the correct diameter to accomodate our internal fittings. Our internal fittings will only fit inside Schedule 40 PVC Pipe.
PVC pipe sizes can be very confusing. This is because the actual named measurements of the pipe width barely resemble the true measurements. To determine the size of fitting you need, for your size of pipe, download our PVC Size Guide or refer to our PVC 101 Tutorial, located in our Tips section.
When you put them side-by-side, the difference is quite clear. Despite the appearance, our fittings have the following benefits over plumbing-grade PVC fittings:
Despite the common myth that PVC cannot be painted, you can absolutely paint PVC pipe. This is especially important if using your application outdoors, where sunlight can break down standard plumbing-grade PVC pipe. Currently, Krylon Fusion is the latest and greatest paint out there for plastic products, and that includes PVC. Check out our Painting PVC Pipe instructions in our Tips section.
FORMUFIT PVC fittings should NOT be used for plumbing installtion of repair, as FORMUFIT products are not ‘NSF Rated’ for plumbing applications. Our fittings are specifically designed for structural purposes and other applications only and are not designed for plumbing use.
No. Absolutely not. We order direct from the manufacturer and can ship as few or as many fittings, pipe or accessories as you like. Our flexible shipping structure allows you to order only the fittings you need at a low cost. We are the only PVC provider online to offer the use of the USPS First Class mail to allow small inexpensive shipments (under 13 oz.) to be sent for under $3 anywhere in the US.
The best method to contact us is via email. Additionally, we are extremely integrated into social networking and other internet applications, such as Facebook and Twitter, which allow us to answer your questions, no matter where you are. We apologize, however, due to our constant state of business, we dont currently offer phone support.
We chose not to offer phone support at FORMUFIT, due to a number of reasons: