What does a PVC pipe hinge have to do with a swimming pool? It is for easy access to the winter-proof equipment housing – or in other terms, it is on the door to the short, slanted, stucco-foam shed that encloses the water heater and water filter for my indoor/outdoor swimming pool. I need to open that door fairly regularly to do things like adjust the heater (according to season or personal preference) and backwash the filter. (click on any photo to enlarge)
The time crunch for originally building the equipment housing meant the sides were left as long, removable panels. They were heavy and awkward for me, so I often needed help to deal with them. As explained more fully in the video (below), my husband-engineer custom designed a double action PVC pipe hinge to solve the problem. I predict you will want your own PVC pipe hinge somewhere after you watch!
He talks about the comparable PVC pipe sizes in the video. There was minimal gluing involved, specifically at the elbow joints. You can tell from the purple outline. But even I have glued PVC pipe, so I know it is easily learned. If you have any questions regarding the hinge construction, please ask in the blog or video comments. Happy hinge making!