Cutting PVC pipes can be a pain if done incorrectly. How big the PVC pipe is and the cutting method you use will determine whether you have a clean cut or not.
In this guide, I’ll walk you through what steps you should take to properly cut PVC pipes of any size without hassle. Let’s get started.
• PVC Pipe Cutter
• Tape measure
• Miter Box (optional)
Directions (For Smaller PVC Pipes)
- Mark the length to be cut with a pencil. Keep in mind that you should always cut the longest pieces first. This is so you’ll be able to use more of the pipe.
- Cut with a quality PVC pipe cutter. The easiest to use is a simple ratchet-style cutter available at most hardware and online stores.
- Line up the pencil mark with the pipe cutter blade, then cut on the inside edge of your mark.
- When done, remove any burrs with a medium flat file or 80 to 100-grit sandpaper. Use a rat-tail file or knife for the inside of the pipe, if needed.
Note: You can also cut the pipe with a hack saw. To make a straight cut, place the pipe into a miter box. Wedge a piece of scrap wood between the pipe and the side of the miter box to brace it securely. Then hold or fasten the miter box securely on a solid work surface. Cut on the inside edge of your pencil mark.
Directions (For Larger PVC Pipes)
- Measure the length you want to cut, and mark with a pencil. Wrap masking tape (I used duct tape for contrast) around the pipe. Draw a line with a pencil around the pipe at the edge of the tape.
- Remove the tape.
- To cut, hold the pipe steady in a miter box or bench vise.
- Cut with a hacksaw.
- When top of hacksaw touches the “top” of the pipe, turn it over to finish cutting.
Caution: Be certain to wear a proper protective dust mask or respirator as you cut the pipe. You don’t want to breath in the fine PVC dust particulates, which can be dangerous to your health.