Build a home simpit from
PVC
Building With PVC Pipe Part 2
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In Part 1 of this video we showed you several ways to cut PVC pipe.

Now we’re going to show you the building technique for the flight simulator
cockpits in our Do It Yourself videos.

The great thing about the PVC connectors is that you can’t screw it up.

See, if you wanted to attach these two boards at exactly 90 degrees, you may
be off a little bit.

But when you attach these two pipes with the PVC connector it’s always 90
degrees.

This connector is always 45 degrees, no matter how sloppy you cut the pipe,
it’s still 45 degrees.

You might think that if you bang the connectors with a rubber mallet, you don’
t need glue.  Well, sometimes it can still come loose, so it’s best to use glue.

Plumbers use glue that is especially for PVC pipe…that’s great for
plumbing…not great for flight simulators.  Don’t use this.  It dries way too
quickly, like in just a few moments, and once it’s dry, the pipe is chemically
fused with the connector.  You can’t adjust it, there’s no do-overs.  Plus the
fumes are really harsh.

Instead, use some inexpensive Liquid Nails for projects.  

Just quirt some inside the connector all the way around the inside, like this.
Insert the pipe, and hammer it in with a rubber mallet.  The glue won’t dry for
several hours.

For a really sturdy connection, you can glue the connector and attach a self-
drilling screw.  These screws drill their own hole, so no pilot hole is needed.

Drill through the connector and into the pipe below.

See, take a peek inside.  The screw goes through both the connector and
the pipe.

You can combine a framework with Styrofoam body panels to complete the
enclosure.  See our other YouTube videos for more detail on that.


Feedback

So these are some techniques we’ve developed for building flight simulator
enclosures from PVC pipe.  The materials are inexpensive and available
almost anywhere.

What do you think?  Have you ever built anything from PVC pipe?  Do you
know of anything that would be easier or better to build with?  Feel free to
leave a comment or question and thanks for watching.




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