Gardening With Larry logo

All About Cutting PVC Pipe

I have an irrigation system in my yard. It is not a new system and sometimes needs a bit of maintenance. I often need to cut the PVC pipe when repairing a leak or adding an extension to the system.

A standard home irrigation system is made up of one half inch pipe. This is a fairly narrow pipe, which makes it easy to work with. There are several ways to cut it. The goal in cutting PVC is always to get a straight and clean cut. A straight and clean cut will fit much better into a connector piece than a curved cut or ragged cut piece will.

ABOVE: Ratchet PVC Cutter

You can use a hacksaw to cut any size PVC. A hacksaw is a fairly inexpensive tool. A hacksaw does leave a bit of a raged end which you need to sand to be smooth before connecting it to the system. It can also be a challenge with a hacksaw to get a straight cut. With practice you can probably get pretty good at cutting fairly straightly and sanding the edges. If you are preparing a piece of PVC on a workbench a hacksaw will work pretty well. However, I often find myself cutting a piece of PVC that is part of my system, and so in the ground. It can be pretty awkward to get a hacksaw down into there without a lot of excavation.

In most hardware stores you find ratchet cutters designed to cut PVC. I have seen these priced at under twenty dollars, and they often come in a little kit with some other pieces for working on irrigation systems. In my own experience these work extremely well with half inch PVC pipe. You get a very nice clean cut. I have tried to cut pipe larger than one half inch, and have not had as good results. You do still get a clean cut, but the cut is not quite straight.

Klein Tools PVC Pipe Cutter

ABOVE: Heavy Duty PVC Cutter

If you do need to cut PVC for irrigation that is thicker than one half inch you might consider a heavy duty PVC cutter. I had to make some repairs to a main line in my system that was three quarters of an inch. To do that I purchased a heavy duty PVC cutter from Klein Tools. These will cost quite a bit more than the basic cutter, so I wouldn't recommend them if you only need to cut one half inch pipe.

More about: Tools

More Articles

6 Ways to Spot a Succulent
All About Garden Hand Pruners
All About Mulch for your Garden
All About Plant Food or Plant Fertilizer for Your Garden
All About Pruning Saws
All About PVC Pipe Connectors
All About Shovels for your Garden!
All About Soil pH in Your Garden
All About Sphagnum Peat Moss for your Garden
All About Using Soil Moist Granules
An Illustrated Guide to New England Wildflowers
An Illustrated Guide to Some Great Herbs
Close Up Photos of Vegetable Seeds
Fantastic Asiatic Lily Planting How To Videos
Fantastic Bonsai Gardening Videos
Fantastic Container Tomato Gardening How To Videos
Fantastic Daylily Care How To Videos
Fantastic Herb Gardening How To Videos
Fantastic Hosta Care How To Videos
Fantastic Orchid Care Basics How To Videos
Fantastic Organic Vegetable Gardening How To Videos
Fantastic Paper Seed Starting Pots How To Videos
Fantastic Phalenopsis Orchid Care How To Videos
Fantastic Rose Care How To Videos
Fantastic Rose Pruning How To Videos
Fantastic Time Lapse Videos of Roses
Fantastic Tomato Gardening How To Videos
Fantastic Tree Planting How To Videos
Fantastic Tulip Festival Videos
Fantastic Videos from RHS Wisley Garden in England
Fantastic Videos from The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Fantastic Videos of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Fantastic Videos of Cactus Flowers
Fantastic Videos of The Flower Fields in Carlsbad California
Fantastic Videos of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fantastic Videos of the NEWFS Garden in the Woods
Fantastic Water Gardening How To Videos
Gardening Basics
Growing Aeonium
Growing Aloe
Growing Limonium
Growing Pleiospilos
Growing Purple Coneflower
Growing Sansevieria
I Love Gardening
Kiss the Gardener
Planting Perennials - The Hole How To
Rose Lover
Tips for Propagating Sedum
Tips for Using Roundup ® in Your Garden
Tulip Lover

Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions | Contact |Add a Listing |Correct a Listing |rss logo

Copyright 2008 - 2011 by