Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe is now the more common pipe used in households compared to the more expensive and traditional copper pipes. Working with PVC pipes is so easy that it doesn’t take a professional to do the job well. Even cutting this pipe is so simple that you are not required to have a special tool. Of course, cutting a PVC pipe with a PVC saw is always better. But sometimes, this is not a better option to cut a pipe compared with using a string.
Using a string is better if you’ll be cutting a PVC pipe that is already installed. Use string also if you want a cheaper alternative to PVC saw. Nylon string or a braided cotton string can already finish the job. Nylon string is more common but the braided cotton string can be more durable. Whatever you choose, that string will be effective for cutting the PVC pipe if you will follow the steps below:
Prepare the string and other necessary materials. The string should be about 20 inches long. Another way to determine the perfect length is by slipping it under the PVC pipe. This will give you an idea of how long the string should be so you will be comfortable using it to cut the pipe.
Prepare a pair of wooden sticks. Tie each end of the string on one stick and you will use the stick to “saw” the pipe. Do not tie the sticks yet. Just have them handy for the next step. The wooden sticks are not needed if you have a pair of thick hand gloves.
Slip the string under the PVC pipe. To make this possible, you need to dig some more dirt so that the string can pass under the pipe. If the pipe is not yet installed, make a way so that the pipe is laid down but still has a space for the string. Cutting the pipe with a string when the pipe is lying down will be easier than doing it when the pipe is standing up straight. You are free to experiment on different pipe positions and discover the more effective for you. The point is, there should be enough space for the string to pass around the pipe and for it to move freely, back and forth.
Prepare the handle or wear your gloves. Tie one end of the string to a strong wooden stick. The other end should be tied to another stick. Having a handle is better and safer than trying to cut the pipe with your protected hands. Wear your gloves whether you will be installing handles or not.
“Saw” the PVC pipe. Pull the string back and forth as if you are sawing the pipe. Maintain the pressure as the string is giving the needed friction against the pipe. Keep on doing that until the PVC pipe is cut or else, the string might break.
For thicker PVC pipes, you might need to use PVC saw or a PVC cable saw. Both are specially made for cutting PVC pipes, only that the cable saw is a string-like tool. The PVC cable saw works like the nylon or braided cotton string, only that the former is more durable.