How to Cut PVC or ABS Pipe Straight

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In this video I'm going to show you how to get a nice, square cut in PVC or ABS pipe.

I'll show you two ways:

First, with a miter saw, or chop saw, because it's easier.

Second, by hand, if you don't have a miter saw.

With a miter saw, of course, it's very quick.

But if you're cutting 4-inch pipe, it won't make it all the way through

if your saw has a 10 inch blade, which is most common.

You could, of course, turn the pipe and cut again.

But since the saw will cut through like butter

you won't notice if you're off the mark until you're done

and you might end up with a cut like this.

I got better results finishing it off with a handsaw.

Put it into the cut.

Hold it against the side of the pipe that you want to keep

and cut the rest of the way.

You'll end up with a nice clean cut.

By hand takes a little longer but you can get the same results.

Start by using a piece of paper with at least one straight edge.

It needs to be long enough to wrap around the pipe

about one and a half times.

Thicker paper is more helpful,