Cutting PVC

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What do I use to cut PVC? Will a regular saw work as well as a hacksaw?
 
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No. You need as smooth and straight a cut as possible.
Use a hacksaw or a plastic pipe snip made for the purpose, and clean off the burrs and sand the outside before priming and gluing with products specifically made for PVC.
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Thanks Mike, Guess I'll get a bigger hacksaw.
 
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I would advise against a hack saw for two reasons. It will be very hard to get a straight cut and will take longer to cut the pipe. Use a hand saw that would normally be used for wood or tubing cutters for plastic.

Old guy is right about a clean smooth cut. So after the cut with a good pair of gloves on grip your fingers around the cut edge and take away the burrs.

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PVC cutter is the best way to go They also have a tool to knock the burrs off But we just run a small knife around the cut inside and outto get it clean.

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"Bigger hacksaw"??

How large of PVC will you be cutting?
 
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Hey, lefty.
I've been cutting PVC with a hacksaw since just before it was invented. LOL
 
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Mike, I understand that -- we all have. I've cut 4" ABS and PVC with a standard hacksaw -- just wondering what size MaryP was dealing with that would need "a bigger hacksaw"?

I use a Sawzall (with a long hacksaw blade) on 6" PVC.
 
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I use a regular saw for all dwv pvc pipe and a pvc cutter for all water pipes.
 
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Smile Thanks everyone

LOL - I have what I thought was a small hacksaw - blade is about 6" long and less than 1/2" wide. Maybe that's normal. It just seemed to be 'wobbly' sometimes when I tried to cut with it. Yes, the nut is well tightened. The 3" PVC I needed to cut is about 20' long. (A couple of glued sections that I had previously used in a french drain) I just thought that maybe a more durable or less flexible saw would make it easier. And yes, I've run into having trouble keeping a straight cut.
Thank you all for your input. You all are so appreciated for sharing your expertise.
 
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You will never get a straight cut with a hacksaw cutting 3" pipe.
 
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A good woodworking cross cut saw works very well for straight and smooth cuts in large diameter PVC pipe. Just clean all burrs and round off the outside edge. For smaller diameters, the ratchet type snip cutters are best. A wire type 'saw' is also good in tight places. They work as you pull the wire back and forth which builds heat and melts its way through the pipe. That type cut will require the most effort to clean.

Gary Slusser
 
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