How to connect PVC to Poly pipe

Connecting PVC to a poly pipe is not as difficult as it sounds at first. This post uses infographics and a video to demonstrate how to connect PVC to Poly pipe. Such connections are sometimes required for garden irrigation. Most domestic outdoor water lines are PVC pipes, which normally do not bend much. Poly pipes are becoming popular for irrigation DIY because they bend well and they are easy to handle.


Our PVC line is a 3/4″ pipe. This has to be extended to our backyard to setup sprinklers and drips. Hardware stores sell PVC pipes as 10 ft long pipes. We need ten of these 10 ft PVC pipes to cover around 100 ft from the connection valve to the end of our backyard. It is hard to glue each 10 ft PVC with the next one. Moreover, the trench we dug was not straight given that we did not use a trencher.

We researched this problem a bit and learnt that there is another kind of pipe commonly called Poly pipes. Poly pipes are available in 100 ft rolls requiring no joint at all for our yard coverage. We finally purchased a 100 ft roll of 150 psi 3/4″ Poly pipe from Lowe’s. Home Depot did not have the 150 psi grade Poly pipe. Home Depot had 125 psi poly pipes, which should be good enough for backyard irrigation. I was just cautious given that the price difference between these grades is not much.

The problem

While the use of PVC cement to connect PVC pipes is very common, experts do not recommend glue in Poly pipes. Therefore, the question is, how will we connect PVC to the Poly pipe.

Items required

Other than the Poly pipe and the PVC line, we needed seven items: 3/4″ female adapter, 3/4″ male PVC connector, clamp, primer, PVC cement, PTFE seal tape, and a lighter. An infographic is worth a thousand words. Therefore, we have provided further details regarding the items in the following infographic. We have provided a printable PDF version of the image here.

How to connect PVC to Poly pipe

Once again, an infographic is worth a thousand words. This is why we have prepared the following infographic to illustrate the process. We have uploaded the same infographic as a printable PDF here.

A video demonstration of how to connect PVC to Poly pipe

A video is worth TEN thousand words. This is why we made a video to make sure that the process of connecting PVC to a Poly pipe is ten times clearer.

The process is pretty mundane for many people but not for us. We are so excited because everything about garden irrigation is quite new to us. We did not even know what a Poly pipe is a month ago. πŸ™‚

Let us know if you have any question or feedback.

Settle in El Paso team

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18 thoughts on “How to connect PVC to Poly pipe

  1. I need to bookmark this. Seems like something we could do with our sump pump pipe that’s just hanging out and dumping water on the lawn.
    1. We are glad to know that you found the post useful. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
      1. I think I might bookmark this as well. My dad has been getting ready for the hot weather that is approaching us and he is tending the garden. I usually go to Home Depot with him, so I might tell about these instructions the next time I see him. I also liked how simple the article was and how straightforward the information was. I do better with videos than with articles, and you provided both. Good job@
        1. I am glad to know that you liked the article as well as the video. I am pretty sure your dad already knows the tips explained in the article. In case he doesn’t, I am very happy to know that you will share this post with your dad. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
    1. Glad to know that you think this will be useful for readers. I appreciate your visit and comments. Have a great weekend ahead.
  2. Wow what a great idea. If it was me I would have probably replaced most of the piping with only one type of pipe and wouldn’t even have thought of doing this. a Great tip to remember for the future!
    1. I am glad to hear that you found the post informative. We are planning on more posts on gardening in the coming weeks. Have a great weekend.
  3. A Very useful article will be a helpful reference for me to use in the future for some of my DIY needs. I am quite a lazy person so I am glad someone took the initiative to write a helpful post about this. Thanks very much.
  4. This is no ordinary DIY project. You had to put on your thinking cap and do something that is off the beaten track. Connecting so many small pipes would have been an ardent task and this innovative thought made things easier.
    Kudos to your originality.
    1. Thanks once again for your kind words. Doing this by ourselves has one added benefit. If anything is broken in the future, we now know how to fix it because we built it. πŸ™‚

      These tasks are great family activities too. When we installed our sprinkler system and tested it, three of us ran under the sprinkler water in the backyard as if it was raining in the desert. A great experience.

      We will publish more on sprinkler systems and drip irrigation in the coming weeks. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend.

      1. This applies to every situation. Unless we have something in common even being friends with anyone has no meaning. I am noticing it these days, specially with the younger generation. They do not even need anyone to take their pictures. This frightens me. We all will be so so lonely.
        1. I totally agree with you. All our activities need to be more involving, especially in this era of technology. Have a wonderful Sunday followed by great week.
          1. Have you distinctly noticed this drift in the younger generation around you? Most of my nieces and nephews are in a world of their own. They only meet when there is a celebration. No one on one interaction these day, whatsoever.
            1. Oh, yes. I have noticed that sometimes my nieces keep playing with their own tablets even when they visit each other’s place.
  5. Wow, that is such a detailed post. I absolutely love the infographic that you’ve come up with. Those are always my favorite because it’s so easy to understand when it shows just a couple of pictures and short explanation! Prior to reading I felt pretty clueless because I never heard of the poly pipes before πŸ™‚

    We also have PVC pipes used for our outside watering line so maybe I will attempt this… under the supervision of my husband, of course, haha. Big thank you though, really creative.

    1. Glad to know that you liked this post. Yes, poly pipes are pretty flexible yet durable. They do not need to go in straight lines like PVC.

      Thank you for reading the post and writing the kind words. Have a wonderful day.

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