August 10, 2016
By Gilbert VandenHeuvel
Brief history of PVC: In 1913, German inventor Friedrich Heinrich August Klatte took out a patent on PVC. His method used polymerization of vinyl chloride with sunlight.
The most significant breakthrough occurred in the United States when the company BFGoodrich hired the industrial scientist Waldo Semon to develop a synthetic replacement for the increasingly costly natural rubber. His experiments again produced polyvinyl chloride. However, the material was threatened by the recession in the 1920s and it was under threat of abandonment that Semon conceived the idea of PVC as a water resistant coating for fabrics. Sales took off quickly with a rapidly expanding product range. Demand accelerated again during the Second World War, when PVC quickly replaced traditional material to insulate wiring on military ships.
You could win some bar bets with the little known fact that plastic was first patented in 1913. Have fun with that bit of info.
Dwyer Mfg has a wide range of metric and imperial PVC fittings and pipe ranging from 1/2″ – 2″ & 32 mm – 90 mm. With a low cost supply and overhead system, Dwyer is able to offer our PVC pipe and fittings for less then local suppliers and popular big box stores. Dwyer’s inventory and pricing is available on our web-store. Click the shopping cart to check it out.
You are welcome to shop online and we will ship it directly to you.
Calling or emailing us with your shopping list works just as well. Your parts can be ready for pick up or shipped to you locally or across the country.
Your shipping costs are low due to a 3rd party broker system we use which searches for the lowest cost shipping option for your specific address among the main courier companies.
Usually PVC plumbing parts are used to deliver liquids or compressed air to a desired location in your home or workplace. PVC works great for that due to its low costs, it’s easy to work with and it’s ability to withstand corrosion in harsh environments.
You already know how to use PVC plumbing in your workplace but what about having some fun with it?
Below are a few interesting projects that aren’t too difficult to build in a few hours. Why not involve the kids and create some memories.
Please be safe using power tools and compressed air. SAFETY NEVER HURTS
#1 POP BOTTLE ROCKET LAUNCHER
There are a number of different types of Pop Bottle Rocket Launchers out there. This one is a nice balance between easy to build and safe to use.