How to Calculate PVC Pipe Lengths

The following video provides a good introduction to the pipe length calculation and cutting process:

How To Calculate Your Russian PVC Pipe Lengths

This is not a difficult process, so don’t be concerned.

Watch the video above for a good introduction to the process.

Before we begin, I want to give you some general information on how to use the Tables below:

Three Different Tables

There are three different Tables included below:

Table 1 – No Cross Braces is for indoor pyramids up to 10′ in height that will not use a Cross Brace.  Any outdoor installation should consider using a Cross Brace if the height is in excess of 8′ depending on weather conditions.

Table 2 – One Cross Brace is for pyramids from 8-12′ in height.

Table 3 – Two Cross Braces is for pyramids 12-15′.

Number of Pieces Required

Each Table includes a list of the number of each piece type required.

A Pyramid With No Cross Braces requires 4 Base Pieces and 4 Vertical Pieces.

A Pyramid with One Cross Brace requires 4 Base Pieces, 4 Cross Brace Pieces, and 8 Vertical Pieces (2 for each of the 4 vertical sides)

A Pyramid With Two Cross Braces requires 4 Base Pieces, 4 Upper Cross Brace Pieces, 4 Lower Cross Brace Pieces, and 12 Vertical Pieces (3 for each of the 4 vertical sides)

Explanation of Terms Used in the Tables

 

Height – This column shows the height of the pyramid in 2 inch increments. Height is depicted by the letter “H” in the picture above.  Heights listed are measured to the top of the Apical Connector atop the pyramid.

Base Side – This column shows the outside length of a Base Side of the pyramid.  The number is always equal to the Height of the pyramid/2.02.  This is the ratio used by Alexander Golod in building all of his pyramids.  The Base Side measurement is important to know when determining whether a pyramid of a given height will fit into a particular space on the floor.  As explained in the video, one should also determine magnetic north first to determine whether a given size pyramid can be located in a particular location. Base Side is depicted as “B” in the picture above.

Base Side PVC Piece Length – This column shows the length of PVC pipe you need to cut for each Base Side. This number is always 4″ shorter than the Base Side length, as the Base Connectors extend 2″ beyond the end of the PVC pipe on both sides, for a total of 4″.

Vertical Side – This is the total length of the four sides extending from each base corner up to the top, or apex, of the pyramid.  This is measured to the tip of the Apical Connector. The Vertical Side is depicted as “VS” in the picture above.

Vertical Side PVC Piece Length – This column shows the length of PVC pipe you need for each Vertical Side. This number is always 8.75″ shorter than the Vertical Side length due to the additional length provided by the Apical and Base Connectors. In Tables 2 and 3, the Vertical PVC Piece Length is further modified by the 2″ of additional length provided by each Cross Brace Connector.  Therefore, in Table 2 the sum of the 2 Vertical PVC Piece Lengths is equal the Vertical Side Length minus 10.75″, and in Table 3, the sum of the 3 Vertical PVC Piece Lengths is equal the Vertical Side Length minus 12.75″. The Vertical Side Piece(s) are depicted as “V” in the picture above.

Cross Brace(s) PVC Piece Length – This column(s) represent the length of the Cross Brace Pieces required. In Table 2 there are 4 Cross Brace pieces required. In Table 3 there are 4 Upper Cross Brace Pieces  (depicted as UCB above) and 4 Lower Cross Brace pieces (depicted as LCB above) required.

Cutting the Pipe:

There are several ways to cut the PVC Pipe.  I personally use a Dremel cutting blade, but any type of saw with narrow teeth will work.  Do not attempt to do this with a traditional wood hand saw, as the teeth are too large.  An inexpensive solution is a small hack saw specifically designed for cutting PVC pipe available in the plumbing department at Lowe’s or Home Depot where the PVC pipe is sold, and costs about $6.00.

A Note About Precision:

Although we have provided cut lengths to a precision of 1/100th of an inch, do not be intimidated by the level of precision.  The reality is that you should try to be as precise as you can, but the viability of your pyramid does not depend on exact precision.  In practice cuts to the nearest 1/16″ are perfectly fine as other factors such as temperature, humidity, minor connector differences, etc. all play a role in the precision of the pyramid measurements.

in addition, the Law of One Material indicates that the angle is only an approximation (see the quote on the Law of One page elsewhere on this website).

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With the preliminaries out of the way, here are the Tables:

Table 1 – No Cross Braces

Pieces Required:
Base: 4
Edge: 4
Pyramid Base Base Side PVC Vertical Vertical Side PVC
Height Side Piece Length Side Piece Length
36 17.82 13.82 38.14 29.39
38 18.81 14.81 40.26 31.51
40 19.80 15.80 42.38 33.63
42 20.79 16.79 44.50 35.75
44 21.78 17.78 46.62 37.87
46 22.77 18.77 48.74 39.99
48 23.76 19.76 50.86 42.11
50 24.75 20.75 52.98 44.23
52 25.74 21.74 55.09 46.34
54 26.73 22.73 57.21 48.46
56 27.72 23.72 59.33 50.58
58 28.71 24.71 61.45 52.70
60 29.70 25.70 63.57 54.82
62 30.69 26.69 65.69 56.94
64 31.68 27.68 67.81 59.06
66 32.67 28.67 69.93 61.18
68 33.66 29.66 72.05 63.30
70 34.65 30.65 74.17 65.42
72 35.64 31.64 76.28 67.53
74 36.63 32.63 78.40 69.65
76 37.62 33.62 80.52 71.77
78 38.61 34.61 82.64 73.89
80 39.60 35.60 84.76 76.01
82 40.59 36.59 86.88 78.13
84 41.58 37.58 89.00 80.25
86 42.57 38.57 91.12 82.37
88 43.56 39.56 93.24 84.49
90 44.55 40.55 95.36 86.61
92 45.54 41.54 97.47 88.72
94 46.53 42.53 99.59 90.84
96 47.52 43.52 101.71 92.96
98 48.51 44.51 103.83 95.08
100 49.50 45.50 105.95 97.20
102 50.50 46.50 108.07 99.32
104 51.49 47.49 110.19 101.44
106 52.48 48.48 112.31 103.56
108 53.47 49.47 114.43 105.68
110 54.46 50.46 116.55 107.80
112 55.45 51.45 118.66 109.91
114 56.44 52.44 120.78 112.03
116 57.43 53.43 122.90 114.15
118 58.42 54.42 125.02 116.27
120 59.41 55.41 127.14 118.39

Table 2 – Once Cross Brace

Pieces Required:
Base (B): 4
Vertical Piece (V): 8
Cross Brace: 4
Base Side PVC Vertical Side PVC Cross Brace PVC
Height (Inches) Base Side Piece Length Vertical Side Piece Lengths Piece Lengths
96 47.52 43.52 101.71 45.48 21.76
98 48.51 44.51 103.83 46.54 22.26
100 49.50 45.50 105.95 47.60 22.75
102 50.50 46.50 108.07 48.66 23.25
104 51.49 47.49 110.19 49.72 23.74
106 52.48 48.48 112.31 50.78 24.24
108 53.47 49.47 114.43 51.84 24.73
110 54.46 50.46 116.55 52.90 25.23
112 55.45 51.45 118.66 53.96 25.72
114 56.44 52.44 120.78 55.02 26.22
116 57.43 53.43 122.90 56.08 26.71
118 58.42 54.42 125.02 57.14 27.21
120 59.41 55.41 127.14 58.20 27.70
122 60.40 56.40 129.26 59.25 28.20
124 61.39 57.39 131.38 60.31 28.69
126 62.38 58.38 133.50 61.37 29.19
128 63.37 59.37 135.62 62.43 29.68
130 64.36 60.36 137.74 63.49 30.18
132 65.35 61.35 139.85 64.55 30.67
134 66.34 62.34 141.97 65.61 31.17
136 67.33 63.33 144.09 66.67 31.66
138 68.32 64.32 146.21 67.73 32.16
140 69.31 65.31 148.33 68.79 32.65
142 70.30 66.30 150.45 69.85 33.15
144 71.29 67.29 152.57 70.91 33.64

Table 3 – Two Cross Braces

Pieces Required:
Base: 4
Edge: 12
Upper Cross Brace: 4
Lower Cross Brace: 4
Pyramid Base Base Side PVC Vertical Vertical Side PVC Upper Cross Brace Lower Cross Brace
Height Side Piece Length Side Pieces Length PVC Pipe Length PVC Pipe Length
120 59.41 55.41 127.14 38.13 18.47 36.94
122 60.40 56.40 129.26 38.84 18.80 37.60
124 61.39 57.39 131.38 39.54 19.13 38.26
126 62.38 58.38 133.50 40.25 19.46 38.92
128 63.37 59.37 135.62 40.96 19.79 39.58
130 64.36 60.36 137.74 41.66 20.12 40.24
132 65.35 61.35 139.85 42.37 20.45 40.90
134 66.34 62.34 141.97 43.07 20.78 41.56
136 67.33 63.33 144.09 43.78 21.11 42.22
138 68.32 64.32 146.21 44.49 21.44 42.88
140 69.31 65.31 148.33 45.19 21.77 43.54
142 70.30 66.30 150.45 45.90 22.10 44.20
144 71.29 67.29 152.57 46.61 22.43 44.86
146 72.28 68.28 154.69 47.31 22.76 45.52
148 73.27 69.27 156.81 48.02 23.09 46.18
150 74.26 70.26 158.93 48.73 23.42 46.84
152 75.25 71.25 161.04 49.43 23.75 47.50
154 76.24 72.24 163.16 50.14 24.08 48.16
156 77.23 73.23 165.28 50.84 24.41 48.82
158 78.22 74.22 167.40 51.55 24.74 49.48
160 79.21 75.21 169.52 52.26 25.07 50.14
162 80.20 76.20 171.64 52.96 25.40 50.80
164 81.19 77.19 173.76 53.67 25.73 51.46
166 82.18 78.18 175.88 54.38 26.06 52.12
168 83.17 79.17 178.00 55.08 26.39 52.78
170 84.16 80.16 180.12 55.79 26.72 53.44
172 85.15 81.15 182.23 56.49 27.05 54.10
174 86.14 82.14 184.35 57.20 27.38 54.76
176 87.13 83.13 186.47 57.91 27.71 55.42
178 88.12 84.12 188.59 58.61 28.04 56.08
180 89.11 85.11 190.71 59.32 28.37 56.74