How To Cut PVC Pipe In A Trench

By Robert Robillard on Landscape

Using Twine To Cut PVC Pipe


My friend and fellow carpenter, George Gussler, showed me this trick the other day.

There are times when you need to cut a pvc pipe but it is inaccessible to cut with a saw. If a pipe is against an obstruction or a wall, in a corner or in a trench where several pipes are installed on top of each other, in these situations you can use string to cut this PVC pipe.

How To Cut PVC Pipe In A Trench

Use a cotton or nylon braided string and allow friction to do the cutting of a pvc pipe.
1. Cut off and use a length of string about 20-inches long.
2. Pass the string under the PVC pipe where you want to cut it. If the pipe is tight against an obstacle or against another pipe, insert a shim or flat bar under it and pry gently to allow enough room for the string fit.
3. Hold one end of the string tight in each hand and pull it taught against the pipe. Wrap the string around each your fingers or hand a couple of times.
4. Pull the string rapidly back and forth keeping the pressure of the string against the pipe. If the string breaks, ues a new piece and continue where you left off.

How To Cut PVC Pipe In A Trench




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