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Unread postAuthor: pvcmaster » Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:33 pm

I dont know if anyone has posted this and it wasnt really worth a post, but i thought i would share something i learned that might help people like me who have absolutely no machining capabilities.

When you want to make a square cut (which should be all the time) just cut it roughly about an 1" from where you want it with a hacksaw. Then get an old endcap and slide it over the end of the pipe to the line where you want it cut square. Then cut along the edge of the endcap with the hacksaw.

Hope this helped somebody.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:17 pm

I just glue a coupler.
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Unread postAuthor: noob of noobs » Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:38 pm

Sounds good. Not perfect, but good enough. Out of curiosity, would a mitre saw work for square cuts?
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Unread postAuthor: boilingleadbath » Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:59 am

I find that one can use a piece of paper wrapped around the pipe as a guide, provided that this piece of paper has one "factory" edge.

Note that this doesn't provide a hard blade stop, but rather a guide line.

Thus, cuts along this line in a spiral fashion: cut in 1/32", rotate pipe, cut, rotate... until you cut through.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:51 am

boilingleadbath wrote:I find that one can use a piece of paper wrapped around the pipe as a guide, provided that this piece of paper has one "factory" edge.

Note that this doesn't provide a hard blade stop, but rather a guide line.

Thus, cuts along this line in a spiral fashion: cut in 1/32", rotate pipe, cut, rotate... until you cut through.


This is the basic method i use on cutting anything that needs a half way straight cut, but i use a sharpie to draw my lines. The end cap is a good idea, just keep the saw blade 90 degress to the pipe to avoid cutting into the end cap.
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:21 am

I use either a band saw or a drop saw.Straight and easy.

But I found with practice I could cut PVC straight with a Hacksaw first time every time,but that is with a bit of practice.
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Unread postAuthor: thespeedycicada » Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:40 am

I just use a miter saw but the cap idea would be good only if you put like a half inch of the cap on so you could get the pvc out of it.
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Unread postAuthor: Modderxtrordanare » Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:05 pm

I cut my pipe with one of those sections of wire with handles on it. Sharpie the flush end onto the pipe and saw away.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:35 am

I generally like to use a tubing cutter, though only for smaller pipe sizes, as I do not have one capable of cutting anything with a diameter greater than 2". For larger pipe sizes, I usually purchase the pipe in the length that I require, as my hardware store has tubing cutter of sufficient size to cut up to 4" pipe.
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Unread postAuthor: pvcmaster » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:09 am

Well I guess this thread was worth something, because now people know like 10 different ways to cut pvc square!
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