Ever want to make a project out of PVC pipe, but couldn’t find the fittings you needed at your local hardware store? A few weeks ago Hack a Day featured the company FORMUFIT that makes custom PVC fittings more suited for making structures than plumbing. They call their line of fittings Tinkertoys for adults.
Not only do they sell fittings you can’t find locally, but the fittings are meant to be used in finished applications. They have a glossy white finish with no external markings or raised lettering, and their edges are tapered and clean. FORMUFIT sells fittings for 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, and 2″ PVC. Here’s a sample of the fittings they carry:
- Domed end caps
- Fishmouth (end to the middle of a pipe)
- Three-way elbow
- Table cap (end to flat surface)
- Caster insert
- Four-way cross
- Four-way tee
- Five-way cross
- Internal coupling
The downside is the fittings are a bit pricey compared to plumbing fittings, but still generally cheaper than structural pipe fittings. For instance, a 1″ 90° elbow will run you a little more than a dollar, or a 1-1/2″ four-way cross will run almost $3. Of course you’ll also be paying shipping charges. I can’t find their shipping policy on the site, but a $3 order has a $5 shipping charge through USPS Priority mail, a $50 order has a $10 charge, and a $100 order qualifies for free shipping.