How to Cut PVC Waste Water Pipe

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Bench wise
PVC waste water pipe
Hand saw or PVC cutter or nylon or cotton string
Sand paper
Safety goggles
Dust mask

PVC waste water pipe should be cut as straight as possible in order to avoid future leakages. A leakage may occur if the inner socket of the PVC does not fit properly with the outer socket of the pipe. There are various ways to cut the pipe. You can either cut it simply with a cutter, a hand saw or use a string. Follow the simple steps described below to cut the PVC waste water pipe.

Step 1 – Take Necessary Precautions

Wear a dust mask and protective glasses. This will protect your eyes and nose from any dust or debris that might arise while cutting the pipe.

Step 2 – Measuring PVC Pipe

Use measuring tape to measure the length of pipe needed.  Recheck you measurements to avoid any mistakes. Mark the location where you have to cut the pipe.

Step 3 – Placing Pipe in Bench Wise

After marking the pipe, place it carefully in the bench wise. Ensure that the wise is tightly screwed around the pipe.

Step 4 – Cutting the PVC Pipe

Remember that the longest lengths of pipe should be cut first. The minute details should be taken care of later. Now carefully align the blade of your hand saw with the inner line of the marked area. Now carefully cut it making a calculated move every other minute so that the pipe does not chip or crack. If you find that the hand saw a bit difficult to use, go for a PVC cutter. PVC cutters are especially designed to cut PVC pipe. If the pipe is against a wall or embedded between other pipes where a hand saw or s PVC cutter can’t be used, you may use a nylon or cotton sting which is approximately 18 inches in length. Make a U-loop of the string with the pipe laying in the U. Hold the string tightly with both hands and move the string back and forth. This will cause friction and will eventually cut the pipe. The string method can be used to cut a PVC pipe with a diameter of 4 inches. Other than that, power miter maybe used only when nothing else is available since it applies extra power and may cause chunks of pipe to fly out in various directions.

Step 5 – Making Smaller Changes

Once the extra length have been cut, unscrew the bench wise. Remove the pipe from it. Check measurement. If some length still needs to be cut for accuracy, use a sharp knife or a PVC cutter to cut off smaller pieces. If the knife is being used, keep it in a sideways direction so that it slides off the inside and outside of the pipe. This is called de-burring and it helps the pipe to fit into the hub easily. Once the accurate measurement is reached, use sand paper to smooth the ends. Fit the PVC waste water pipe with the other pipe to make sure they fit well with each other. If there is some resistance, make smaller changes using the sharp knife or the sand paper.