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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.

This Inst'ble baffles me.
1) In all European countries professional workshops ducting systems are metallic. For the very reason that it is mandatory. Also it's the easiest way to have a good grounding, which is essential when dust movement against the tube can create a lot of static electricity !
It may be that some amateur woodworkers use PVC pipes, but with a good search on e.Bay, craig's list and other websites you can find metallic pipes thats do the job quite cheaply.
2) Why importing machines from the US ???
Maybe some hand tools that are specific to American woodworkers such as hand planes (but English hand planes are absolutely beautiful too !..), but that's about it !…
Among the best machines for woodworking are from the US AND England or Germany (I wonder if the latter are not even better than US machines).
This is especially true for a dust collector that does not need precise engineering : Spanish or French brands do the job very well… And zillions of other brands from other European countries.
So why import from the US ? Shipping costs and import taxes should even the price of a european collector.
Any explanation from Inst'ble readers ?
Vincent thank you for visiting and comments
Please read more carefully what i wrote. I did not say that I have imported my machine from the US (actually I have imported them from UK), what I wrote was that the machines have US standards outlets 100mm instead of 110mm that our European pipes sizes are.
This instructable is NOT about how to build your workshop ducting system, but is about how you can inexpensively connect the fittings of the two different measurements.
I hope is clear now.
Thanks
Stelios
Wow ! … Am I stupid !!!!…
Shame, shame on me.
Thank you for answering so kindly and not being angry at me !…

By the way, where in England did you buy your machines : I'm looking for a company I could trust in terms of delivery, handling spares, etc… 

I'm sorry again.
No need to apologize, If you noticed others before you miss-understood the content of the instructable or what I wrote :)

As I said, I had to import all machinery because in my country (Cyprus) not only are very expensive, but also the models they offer are for hobbyist (very small), so it was better for me to buy everything from one place.
I chose Axminster Tool centre, I highly recommend them to you, have a look.

I would like to take this opportunity to answer a few more points of your comments.
I am not a professional woodworker but I am a serious amateur, so nothing is mandatory to me. Only when you have a shop and you are planning your ducting system, only then you will understand the real cost of the metal ducting - It is the best, and the easiest to fit for sure, but a very expensive way to go.
I have deeply researched the combustion and from what I found it cannot happen in a 4-5 inch pipe (that’s way it has never happened until now), it did happen in big industrial dust extraction ducting.
True, that a UPVC soil pipe will build-up some static but nothing to worry about. Personally to be on the safe side I copper wire my ducting inside and outside, but I believe what the experts (air flow and dust collection engineers) say, that it cannot happen in small diameter pipes - most probably the whole subject “exploded” from companies that wanted you to buy their metal ducting systems. But to be fair nothing wrong to be a on the safe side and wire them - That’s my recommendation.

To say the truth woodworking in America is on a completely different level than in Europe and even have different standards, some are better some not, i.e. a dado blade is not allowed on European table saws, so the blade arbor is very short, while in the US it’s allowed. Don’t know who made this decision but the fact is that 85% of table saw accidents come from a single blade table saw. I know that now they are pushing for a saw-stop safety to be mandatory, but because it’s a monopoly (for now) they have problems.
So What I am trying to say here is that not everything is done for yours or my safety, primarily is been done for profit.

From what I see, the US quality in some woodworking machinery (not hand tools) is superior from the European ones, when we in Euro have No.1 power tool brands like Festool, Dewalt, Bosch etc.

Ok, that was long but I took the opportunity to say a few things for future readers/visitors
Kingvoe1 year ago
I have been waiting for your next project, glad to see you are still tinkering.
Thank you Kingvoe
jkingsbury1 year 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.