Dust Extraction/Collection Ducting using European UPVC Soil Pipes

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For me who leaves in Europe and especially in a country which is an island been a woodworker is not as easy as to our American fellow woodworkers.
Many accessories and supplies that I need most times are not available in my country, so I need to import them (that most times doubles the price), and those will be US dimensions that very from the Euro dimensions.
So I had to come-up with some ways to compensate for that difference that creates a problem especially when it comes to Dust Extraction/Collection Ducting Systems.
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Step 1: Connecting the U.S with European System

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Not everyone can afford to make their workshop ducting system with metal ducting, so most European woodworkers (especially hobbyists) use UPVC soil pipes for their shop‘s ducting system.

Like one of them, I faced the same problem connecting my shop machines which all have a 100mm ducting outlet with the European soil pipes which are 110mm.

So here are some tips and tricks on how I connected my ducting system and how I brought the two systems together.

Step 2: Problem 1 / Solved

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The first problem I faced as I have said above is the difference in diameters. The European type soil pipe’s fittings come with male or female end connection so again you have another difference in the diameter, but this is what helps me connect the two.

I have found three materials that helped allot to have perfect fitting between the two systems:

The first is a 3mm Ordex non-slip mat which is quite thin but with an enormous grip. I love this product which I also use on my push blocks.

This product gives me a perfect fit between a 100mm OD (outside diameter) outlet to 110mm with 106.3mm ID (inside diameter) soil pipe which is consider as a male connection.

I cut it in 5cm strips and glue it with contact cement adhesive on the 100mm outlet, and the Euro pipe slips exactly right over it.

Kingvoe2 years ago
I have been waiting for your next project, glad to see you are still tinkering.
Thank you Kingvoe
jkingsbury2 years ago
Nice guide, but you missed a VERY important point that you MUST consider when using non-metal ducting....electrical grounding. You need to run at least a copper wire through the PVC sections and have them grounded properly because static electricity will build up and start a fire...maybe it hasn't happened yet, but it CAN happen. Search Google for "ground dust collector" for advice....it is VERY important!!!
Totally agree, when it goes bang (and it surely will at some point) you will regret not running that earth wire to discharge the static the builds up in plastic tube. It will also stop your hair from sticking up when you touch any metal near or connected to the plastic.
On a slightly less serious note, the pipes that run across the floor should be covered as you have done but is far better and safer to have slope up and then down like speed ramp to make tripping less likely.
Please read my answer more carefully
Thank you for your comments and for visiting.
The instructable's intention was how to bring the two systems together, how to connect from one system to the other, not how to install ducting to a workshop, but nevertheless for those who feel much safer wiring their ducting system, just do it, nothing wrong with it.