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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:00 am

I'm trying to make a sort of coaxial but can't find a good way to remove the pipe stop in my bushings, I need a way that doesn't involve a lathe or dremel.
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:22 am

rubbing it back and forth on the cement.
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Unread postAuthor: hi » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:24 am

a file.

you can also use a razor.

or a small sanding block.

edit- rubbing it on cement wouldnt work because by the time you got the pipe stopper out, you wouldnt have much of a bushing left.
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Unread postAuthor: integral » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:21 am

Drill holes into the stopper to remove most of the material and then like hi said, whip out the file.
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:17 am

Oops... Can you tell i havent made anything lately? I was thinking the hex on it not the rib on the inside. my bad....
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:02 am

Do you have an electric drill?

You might be able to find a suitably sized grinding wheel or sander that'll work with the drill and fit into the fitting. Perhaps like this one from Sears;
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If it is a small enough fitting you can use a RotoZip bit. These bits are used for cutting holes in drywall and are basically a flush trimming, piloted router bit. They look almost exactly like a standard twist drill bit but they dont have a cutting edge at the tip. Look for'm at the hardware store near the drywall. IIRC they are usually $7 or so for a set of 10 bits. They work great but you'll only be able to reach into the fitting by an inch or two.

You can also use dremel bits in an electric drill.
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:05 am

I've used a circular file for all of mine, although I tried something different once and it worked pretty well.
Get a drill, a piece of 3/4" or so dowel, a screw, and some sand paper. Put the screw through the dowel, wrap sandpaper around the dowel, and hot glue or epoxy it there. Just stick the whole thing in your drill and you have a little sander thingy.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:03 pm

You can use a drill bit chucked into a drill or drill press as a cutting tool for soft materials such as PVC. The edge of the bit will cut away the material at a reasonable speed, though there is a fair chance of the bit snapping if too much pressure is applied.
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Unread postAuthor: origin unknown » Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:29 pm

I use a pocket knife, it works great if you are used to using one and I can clear out the pipe stop in a few minutes.
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:42 pm

I finally got it out with a half-round file.
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