How to Use PVC Pipe Cutter

The PVC pipe cutter is a tool that can save you hundreds of dollars on your home improvement and repair projects if you learn to use it effectively. Whether remodeling your bathroom or kitchen or repairing a dripping faucet, PVC pipe will be needed to drain sinks and appliances. A professional plumber will charge you a minimum of one hour’s labor for a simple task that can be done in just a few minutes. The best pipe cutter is just as simple to use as cutting and pasting once you get the hang of it.

Step 1: Purchase and Install PVC Pipes and Accessories

To ensure the success of your project, you should purchase the appropriate PVC piping before starting. To determine the length of pipe you need, measure from the appliance to the sewer pipe leaving your house, following the route the pipe will take. Consider how many elbows you will need based on any bends in the pipe route. Make sure the pipe diameters at both the appliance and the sewer connection are the same in order to determine if different sizes of PVC should be used. When there aren’t enough connectors on one PVC pipe, remember to buy another.

Step 2 – Measuring and Marking Lengths

Make sure all sections of your PVC pipe project fit together properly by measuring and building in segments. It is always a good idea to add 1 inch at each end in order to fit the PVC couplings. A white marking pencil can be used to mark the desired length of the black PVC pipe. The entire circumference of the pipe should not be marked, as it will not remain square.

Step 3 – Cutting PVC Pipe

The blade of the PVC pipe cutter should be attached on the outside of the mark. Then, applying consistent pressure to the blade, slowly spin the pipe inside the cutter. When you turn the pipe a few times, it will snap off. The temptation is to cut straight through the pipe, but this will result in an irregular joint.

PVC pipe can be cut with a hacksaw and mitre box if you do not have a PVC pipe cutter. With your mark at the square opening, clamp the pipe inside the mitre box. Easy strokes will allow you to cut through the pipe.

Step 4 – Attach the Segments to the Pipe

The PVC pipe should be sanded from the inside and outside of the opening, making sure to get both the inside and outside. Ensure that all of your pipe lengths are accurate by dry fitting all sections of the project first. After the pipe is glued to the fitting (elbow or coupling), insert the fitting into the pipe and then glue the pipe to the fitting. Getting the pipe into the desired position as quickly as possible is imperative. If the glue has time to set and harden, it will be impossible to move it. Let the glued joint set before continuing so that the pipes are not accidentally moved out of position.

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