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PVC for storage.

Postby popswon » Wed, 09 Jan 2013 02:25:17

Just wondering if anyone here has used 6", 8", or larger pvc pipe for storage of food, ammo, etc.? Pros/Cons? Any good plans for building and storing? I have been kicking around a few ideas and have a few reasons as to why I am thinking PVC. Just wondering what you guys think?


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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby Reverenddel » Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:26:01

PVC is great, it's the connection between pipes, and the end caps that are it's greatest weakness.

You need to either use "flex seal" after you seal the cap with pvc cement, then wrap it with Gorilla Tape, or find a rubber gasket seal that will fit.

Also, put in dehumidifying items in the end caps that are going in the TOP!

There are whole websites dedicate to what I think you're asking. Good luck.


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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby kanata67 » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 02:32:59

You can get large diameter PVC from most pool supply houses. The bigger the diameter the more it costs and the bigger hole you have to dig. While PVC can be had in sizes 24"+ I think multiple 8" and 10" tubes is a much better idea. That and you can cut 10" with a sawzall much easier than a 24".

Do not cheap out on the glue. Purple primer and Blue glue are essential. When both the lower end cap and your are excessively covered in color you know you used enough. The upper cap should be primed but not glued so you don't have to cut anything for access to the inner chamber. I agree with Reverenddel about throwing some dehumidifying items in. Caulking the upper seam and covering it with Gorrila tape is fine for almost any situation. I highly recommend drilling a hole in the removable top cap, using a tap and die to thread the hole, and inserting a teflon taped plug that you can remove with pliers. I say this because once capped you can end up with a vacuum air seal that will defy all sorts of physical efforts to break and you will have to drill a hole anyways.

Keep in mind that PVC can burn so place accordingly. Also note that sealed PVC can and will float depending on how much internal weight there is, so either bury it deep or anchor it with fishing line to a buried cinder block. A co-worker used PVC to make a very capable pontoon boat. Any leftover lengths can be used to make things like a three-stage water filter, etc
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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby Jakeiscrazy » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:57:41

When you use PVC cement to glue on the end caps it bonds the to piece to one and they can never be undone. It has to be cut off. So that would be by choice.

But there are many people who will say when it's time to bury your guns it's time to use them.

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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby Reverenddel » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:07:09

The problem is all adhesives eventually fail.

Multiple layers added decrease the odds of leaking. One adhesive it fine, but three? Yeah. You're not gonna have anything get in to the tube.

Usually it's the PVC Cement, Gorilla glue-Outdoor Caulk-Flex-seal, then Gorilla Tape/Duct tape... Three levels of protection.

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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby popswon » Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:08:35

Yeah I am well versed in sealing pvc. I have laid quite a bit of pipe in my day. I was really looking for some pictures or ideas on how to set them up. Here is what I am looking at doing. I was thinking about 5gallon buckets and their hinderance of only being able to carry one on a hand comfortably. In order to get the capacity over 5gallon I will need a 2ft piece of 10" pipe. So what i was thinkging is tieing 3 or 4 8" pipes in a vertical fashion and making some sort of padded loop at the top to carry on the shoulder or use a bar accross the shoulders. Any thoughts?


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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby RWBlue01 » Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:07:34

I have heard of items being found behind drywall many many years after being sealed up. Some of these items were in climate controlled environments. Some of these were put behind the wall before climate controls.


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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby meadmkr » Sat, 12 Jan 2013 05:32:36

For food I prefer sealed mylar with an O2 absorber(s) inside either a bucket or other tub to protect the mylar (and to deter vermin).

PVC would get expensive after a while and could be unweildy.

That said it isn't uncommon to hear of sealed PVC pipes being used for setting up a cache along the way to your BOL....
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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby popswon » Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:20:48

Oh definetely use mylar. Yeah I was kind of thinking about the cost as well. Some of the larger pipe makes it less cost efective than 5gallon buckets. Maybe I will build a set then post it.


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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby popswon » Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:08:17

Anyone have any larger diameter pvc sitting around?


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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby Reverenddel » Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:34:43

I wish, if you find a source, let us know.


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Re: PVC for storage.

Postby kanata67 » Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:00:52

popswon wrote:Anyone have any larger diameter pvc sitting around?


sure. Doesn't everybody? Your gonna have to drive to florida in a pick up to get it though.
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