I have a few questions regarding 6” PVC. I purchased all of the ASTM D-2729 6” PVC I need to connect my tools to the cyclone and have a few questions as I’ve never used 6” PVC for dust collection.
1. I need to buy some 6” flex hose for the short distance between the PVC and tool. How well will the 6” hose from Lee-Valley fit over 6” PVC?
2. To get the system up and running I am planning on buying a few of Lee-Valley’s blast gates and was wondering how well these fit 6” PVC?
3. My cyclone has a 7” inlet. Is it acceptable to cut a wooden doughnut to fit the smaller pipe into the inlet. I realize sharp transitions like this are typically not wanted but this will be a case where the air flow is going from a smaller pipe to larger. If anyone has other ideas, I’m open to suggestions.
4. I could use any tips on assembling the system. The pipe seems unwieldy by itself and I hate to think of trying to hold a large assembled section up while trying to attach it to the ceiling. I’m also looking for input on ways to cut the pipe, I’m was thinking of building a wooden miter box to crosscut it with a handsaw.
5. Will friction fitting the pieces together be enough? I’m impressed with the fit and would be willing to caulk the joints if necessary. I just hate the idea of having screw tips projecting into my nice smooth walled pipe.
I want to build my own blast gates but really want to have the table saw and router table hooked up prior to milling the wood for the blast gates. This is the reason for purchasing 2 – Lee Valley gates. I’m also open to suggestions for sources on the hose and blast gates. Lee Valley seems to have the best price/service so I thought I would go with them.