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Old 06-13-2014, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hi all! I'm planning on making poles for a tarp from galvanized steel conduit. I have PVC caps that fit snugly on the ends, but I want to glue them in place. The caps will have bolts sticking through them that will go through the eyelets on the tarp. So my question is, what type of adhesive or epoxy will secure the PVC to the conduit? I see that Loctite Epoxy Plastic Bonder claims to stick to plastic, steel and aluminum, but I'm a bit skeptical.

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female adapter > small nipple (enough for adapter and cap)>cap

could get a rigid cap and drill it.
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female adapter > small nipple (enough for adapter and cap)>cap

could get a rigid cap and drill it.
I would go with the rigid cap and drill it, the PVC adapters are not strong.

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Epoxy glue would work----
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I would go with the rigid cap and drill it, the PVC adapters are not strong.
Definitely the best way to go!
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I'd like to use metal caps, but I really don't have a decent drill. In fact, all I have right now is a flex-shaft grinder that only takes bits up to 1/4" shank size. Anyway, this is the type of cap I want to use. It's a SCH 80 PVC cap.
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There you go,
I figured they'd probably make the pvc cap threaded.
(no need for all that adaptor stuff)

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Thanks everyone for your responses. Although the cap is threaded, the conduit is not. The threads make the cap fit snugly on the end of the conduit, but I'm thinking that with the tension from the tarp, and the rope I will use to stake it, it will come off. that's why I wanted to glue it somehow, and was wondering which type was best suited to gluing PVC to galvanized steel. I'm just a bit nervous about using epoxy, as I've had experiences with it not working on plastics. I'm hoping that the one I mentioned above, Loctite's Epoxy Plastic bonder will work.
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Thanks everyone for your responses. Although the cap is threaded, the conduit is not. The threads make the cap fit snugly on the end of the conduit, but I'm thinking that with the tension from the tarp, and the rope I will use to stake it, it will come off. that's why I wanted to glue it somehow, and was wondering which type was best suited to gluing PVC to galvanized steel. I'm just a bit nervous about using epoxy, as I've had experiences with it not working on plastics. I'm hoping that the one I mentioned above, Loctite's Epoxy Plastic bonder will work.
I think the only way to know is to do a test.
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So, instead of messing around with glue and doing experiments, I decided to use the old tried and true. Duct tape! Duh! I don't know why I didn't think of that first. Since the cap seats firmly on top of the conduit pole, the tape is enough to keep it from popping off.
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Looks like EMT. That will never pass code.

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