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How to cut angled holes in PVC pipe?

I need to join different sized pipes together at a 45 degree angle, but am struggling when it comes to what methods are available. The main pipe is 75mm radius, the smaller is ~40mm. I've opted to 3D ...
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Is a 6" Hole through a 10" Rim Joist ok?

I've got a question about venting through the rim joist. I'm building out my basement workshop and I'm going to install an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan needs an exhaust pipe. The most direct route is ...
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When abutting Ipe decking inline is it best to meet it at 90 deg or perform a 45 deg scarf cut?

I'm using Ipe with mounting clips. When abutting two pieces is it best to scarf 45° or just abut it at 90°?
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Do jigsaws differ in the depth that they can cut (with the same blade)?

I have a need to cut accurate shapes (including interior cuts) in some 4" thick polyethylene foam. Normally I would use a hot knife for this - but this thick and heavy of a material is right at ...
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Preferred blade/tool for 'Rip cuts' on LVP?

So I have a LOT of rips to make in this floor, installing 6 x 48" Durato "Luxury Vinyl Planking". The customer now wants it glued (separate issue). He also insists on keeping his new(...
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Faux stone on a bedroom wall is blocking the vent

We recently moved into our new home and we are redoing some things that were done by the previous owner. In the bedroom there is a wall that is covered with faux stones that average about 1 1/2 inches ...
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Hand saws to cut OSB type panels

I want to cut OSB panel on an old shed into pieces and they will go into garbage. I've searched for some advice regarding it and found out that a handsaw can be used for small amount of work. Please ...
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Why are there chips in tile glazing along one side of a cut?

I am using a table saw which I modified to cut 24" tiles by replacing the sliding bars with those of a Qep 24" slim line model. Update: The above is the Canadian model. Here is a video ...
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Can you cut electrical cables cleanly with an angle grinder?

I need to cut a very small damaged section of a welding machine grounding 16mm² cable to remake the connection, but I only have those smaller pliers which likely won't work for cutting it. I was ...
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Installing a patio door on top of a concrete border

I'm installing a 6' patio door in my garage that leads out to our back yard. Around the floor of the garage is a 6" poured concrete ledge/border that the walls are built on. My current plan is to ...
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What is the right tool to cut a clothesline made of coated steel?

I have a clothesline that is made of 5-6 braided tiny steel wires that is coated with flexible plastic. I need to cut it to smaller segments, I tried using a cable cutter made of carbon steel but it ...
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

Whenever I use a hand saw, I find I keep subconsciously curving the cut, no matter how much I consciously try to compensate. In this example in photos, to get this cut straight I kept rotating the ...
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Do Autocutters for HVAC copper tubing exist?

I have an 1/2" HVAC copper tube I need to cut in a tight space. I see lots of 'autocutters' (the rounded cutting devices) for regular copper plumbing, which is measured by ID. Do these cutters ...
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Can I safely attach new fittings to an older PEX A line?

I have a 10yr old "PEX A" line (red, 1/2", "potable," "100PSI") running to my rear hose bib. I'd like to install a tee in this existing line and run a branch to the ...
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Does code allow cutting a hole in the back of an indoor breaker box?

We have an inside breaker box and want to install a dedicated line to an exterior outlet. In order to do that we are thinking to cut a hole in the back of the breaker box and another in the outside ...
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Cutting and defraying metal railing cable

I am new to installing railing metal cable. One problem that I encountered is that, when I cut the cable with a grinder, it leaves the end slightly wider than the cable and often frayed threads so ...
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Choosing the cutting length of a router bit

I'm trying to decide how long the cutting edge on a pattern router bit should be. I'm trimming a 2-by (1-1/2" actual) with a pattern / template on top, and I'm having a hard time finding a 1-1/2&...
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Tool to slice LED stripe lengthwise

For a light setup, I need to use a particular model of led stripes. Unfortunately, the stripe with the LED model I need has a width of 12mm (and is globally only available in that width), the mounting ...
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Can I cut out a 12" section of a footing to run new plumbing in a basement?

I am finishing my basement and need to run plumbing to the planned bathroom. To do so, I need to cut out a 12" section of a footing (can't go under it). The section in question is under a door ...
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Can I cut carpet tiles with a table saw?

I don't find any specific blades, however no explicit recommendation not to cut short pile carpet tiles with a table saw. That's however no base to assume that I should try it. For starters, I'm not ...
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Best tool to cut existing tile sidesplash to fit new range hood

Our new range hood doesn't sit square or flush with the wall because the new hood sits over some of the original tile (outlined in red). I plan to trace around the hood and remove a 5-inch wide by 1....
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How to measure and cut oddly shaped tile

I really like this tile my wife found, but I'm concerned about installation. I've tiled a good amount, but always rectangular tiles. How would one cut an odd shaped tile like this? Would I need to ...
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How to cut a concrete block without expensive tools?

I am building a wall from concrete retention wall bricks. I need to cut one brick in half so it can fit in the wall. The solutions here are too expensive, I only need to cut one brick. Is there any ...
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What can hand held metal circular saws not get through? [closed]

This is not per se a DYI question, but someone here might know this: If you have a standard hand-held metal circular saw, what materials can it either not get through - or would clog it up? Basically, ...
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Can/Should I use an angle grinder with a blade for metals on PVC coated metal?

I have a large door frame that I want to break into smaller pieces so I can fit it into my car and take it to the dump. The frame is PVC, but has steel on the inside. I've been trying to avoid an ...
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Sealing a stained cutting board

I recently built a stovetop cover or "noodle board" using a hardwood so it can be used as a cutting surface. I stained it with minwax gel stain and from what i understand it should be food ...
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What is the best way to break concrete under existing framing (2x4) to install plumbing?

In the picture below I have selected the drain pipe that I need to install How do I break the floor under that 2x4 used for framing? Fist I will have to cut it out but after that what do I use to cut ...
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How can I make precise, repeatable cuts in ABS plastic sheet?

I need to make a few fairly repeatable and accurate cuts out of a 12" x 12" x 1/8" piece of ABS plastic. I've tried sawing, scoring with exacto knife followed by breaking off, and of ...
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Can I reinforce a beam by cutting the rotten part away and adding an extra piece instead?

So here is the thing... I had this beam under a metallic veneer and water crept in and rot it. What I found by removing the metallic veneer, was this: In the middle of this rotten area, parts of the ...
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How do I cut an arc in a pine board?

How can I cut the arc as shown in the photo? I have a circular saw. I have a jig saw. I thought I might calculate the center of the arcs circle and (using a line tied to my circular saw) cut the ...
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How should I cut this?

I am making a control panel out of wood, and I need to cut out a small 3" x 3" square hole in 1/2" plywood. I only have a small handsaw, with a wide blade. (about 2" wide) I don't ...
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How to make Handrail Transitions with Rotation?

We removed the old handrail that was not up to code and didn't reach the first step of the stairs as required. We have a traditional guardrail installed on one side and we are having difficulties ...
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Cutting cardboard tubing [closed]

I’m looking for advice on how to cut cardboard tubing into a T. The tubes I have are approximately 11” OD with a 1/4” thickness. I’m able to cut with a jigsaw but having difficulty cutting them with a ...
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Why is the cut using a jigsaw not a perfect straight line?

I attempted to test-cut a straight line using my new electric jigsaw. Therefore, I clamped a piece of scrap wood and used another piece as guide, marked the cut lines using a pencil and fitted the ...
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Normal temperature of a jigsaw

I have a Makita 4329 jigsaw and I am wondering if the temperatures are normal or are a little high ? I marked on the photo the temperatures that I feel with my hand when touching the mentioned part of ...
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How can I cut slots in the ground to install insulation panels?

To build a geothermal greenhouse, I need to insulate a thermal mass -- basically the ground directly the greenhouse. The insulation will be for the underground "walls" only, no floor, and 5 ...
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What is the best tool for cutting large lumber lengthwise?

I have 6 of 2.4m x 250mm x 125mm railroad sleepers (ties) and I want to cut them in half so they will be 2.4m x 250mm x 62.5mm I'm looking for suggestions on the best tool to achieve this, I accurate ...
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Cutting smaller rectangular holes in ABS

What tool(s) are best utilized for cutting relatively precise rectangular holes in ABS plastic?
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Should the pendulum action on my Bosch jigsaw increase with higher settings?

I recently bought a brand new Bosch GST 8000 E jigsaw and I think that it has a problem regarding the pendulum settings. I made 2 tests with it to see if the pendulum action is good. The 1st test: I ...
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Dealing with scratches in baseboards and concrete from flooring installation

This is not the same question at all. One asks about how to improve my cutting technique and nothing more. This asks about how to deal with the aftermath specifically focusing on sealing in/cleaning ...
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What’s wrong with my cutting technique?

enter image description here While amateur me was trying to install vinyl sheet I cut into wood, skirting board and cement wall. How can I avoid this? I thought maybe lightly mark the vinyl I want ...
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Can I cut tempered glass with diamond circular saw blade?

This is safety glass, but it's very old glass <1994. So probably not the kind that will smash, but kite mark should tell you if it does. I want to make a new door for my greenhouse out of it if I ...
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Making a 4" hole in my foundation , will cutting the rebar cause the foundation to crack?

Making a 4" hole in my foundation , will cutting the rebar cause the foundation to crack ?
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Bathroom tile cut without chipping

So Im installing ceramic tiles through out my home and i reached an area that is causing some concern. As im entering the bathroom and need to make some cuts up against the bathtub. But I've noticed ...
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Can I cut a 2" thick marble slab myself?

I've picked up a 27"x27"x2" piece of marble countertop off the street. I'd like to clean it up and use it, but I'd also like to trim it down. I don't mind doing it myself, but want to make sure I'm ...
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Does a small bolt cutter exist which tensions with a wrench?

Does anyone know if there a bolt cutter which tensions using a wrench? The closet I can find is a nut splitter, but it is not really intended for cutting... Update I need to cut iron rods (I would ...
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Clamps for cutting PVC or other circular objects

This is about as simplistic as it gets... They make wood clamps, C clamps, etc, for securing objects with a flat surface that you are about to cut. Whether it's a circular saw, sawzall, jigsaw, ...
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How do you make flush cuts to a precise depth?

I'm renovating a small shed that was built with 2x4 wall studs on top of 2x6 bottom plates, for some reason. I'm realizing that this will create a problem once I get to the drywall and flooring stages,...
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Cutting insulation of speaker wire without damaging inner wires

I bought some speaker wire and an adjustable auto-stripper. I don't remember the gauge of the wire, but I wanna say it's 16ga. It's got a pretty sturdy plastic outer insulation and the speaker wires ...
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How to cut into plastic to remove a metal slug that had been press-fit to be flush with the surface?

What tool would be appropriate to cut a gap around a metal slug that is holding this plastic join together? It has been press-fit to be flush with the surface. There is no access on the opposite side ...
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