Hope Cutting PVC Pipe with a String
Hope, my plumber’s helper of the moment, is demonstrating the technique for cutting PVC pipes with an ordinary string. Nothing special. Nothing up her sleeves. Just a string and friction.
I had read of someone mentioning someone else having seen someone do this years ago. Unfortunately no details on how.
This week I had some pipes I needed to cut that were in a bit of a tight spot. My first cut was on a big Schedule 40 3″ Drain-Waste-Vent (DWV) pipe down in the trench.
I used some ordinary surveying string I had lying around. Screwdrivers made good handles at each end of the string. Looked possible…
At first nothing seemed to be happening and then all of a sudden I realized I was half way through the pipe and there was smoke!
I slowed down and kept pulling the string back and forth. Near the end I crossed the string over so it made an X to finish the cut. Easy-peasy.
Admittedly the cut is not as fine as I get with my usual handsaw, but that handsaw won’t get into the trench. A little sand paper took the rough edge off the string’s cut and I was ready to attach more fittings.
For most of my pipe cutting I use this chop saw. It does a perfect cut every time. Count your fingers though!
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