Can PVC pipe be threaded using normal tools?

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Mikey

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I use a lot of FPT PVC fittings, and am getting tired of buying MPT adapters by the carload. Can I just use normal threading tools to cut threads in PVC pipe and thus make nipples of arbitrary length?
 
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You have to work slowly or the PVC will gall, and you need to use sch. 80 pipe, ( and do not use linseed oil). Why aren't you just buying PVC nipples, they are very inexpensive?
 

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I've bought several PVC nipples, but they're never exactly the right length. I've been a tinkerer over the last 10 years, so my treatment installation is 95% couplings and adapters making up for things deleted or inserted. I've now standardized on threaded components, so if I can cut my own nipples to length, the (hopefully final) result will be a lot prettier.
 
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