Often people are using furniture grade pipe and fittings to make structures for their children or pets, and the structure they are making needs to have a roof. Today we are going to discuss the best way to get a roof angle on your furniture grade structure.
Posted by Bob Bawden on 10/15/2018
Nearly all the fittings in our furniture grade range are right angled - the only exception is the 45-degree elbow, but that is still restrictive in its capabilities. 45 degrees might be the perfect angle for your roof, but if you are looking for something steeper or shallower, the elbow isn't the right fitting for you. What you need is one of our furniture grade slip tees
Slip tees have a socket on the downwards-facing hole, meaning that it is useless for normal PVC applications like running water. The two side holes are fully open, however, to allow the slip tee to slide along a pipe and move around the pipe to point the socket end in any direction. You can attach another length of pipe to the socket end and that serves as the frame of your roof.
However, you need to fix the slip tee in the desired position when you have found the right angle, otherwise it will simply fall when you let go. To fix it in position, you can use plastic rivets or self-tapping screws. You simply need to drill through the slip tee and wall of the pipe using a 3mm drill bit, and then you push in the outer piece of the rivet, followed by the inner piece, or you screw in the self-tapping screw. This will hold the slip tee in place and allow you to continue making your roof.
The roof will take a fair weight on it, but not too much, and will be made stronger with more roof frames connected. Keep in mind that the plastic rivets will leave a small, white dome on the outside of your slip tee, and the self-tapping screws will leave a larger, less attractive top on the outside. You can pick a part of the slip tee that won't be visible to drill your hole, or you can use a screw cap on the self-tapping screw, which is a white dome that clips over the top and hides the screw top.
If you would like to see a demonstration of achieving a roof angle, you can watch our YouTube video here