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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

This is why miter boxes exist. They keep your workpiece and saw in reasonably stable alignment. Some clamps to keep things still make nice cuts almost effortless. Remember: Let the saw do the cutting....
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

The same way you get to Carnegie Hall - practice, practice, practice! Of course, there are some tricks that you can use to make it easier. Draw lines on 3 surfaces. The first line is on the top ...
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Can you cut electrical cables cleanly with an angle grinder?

So I decided to be the guinea pig and just see how it goes. I fixed the end portion of the wire on my vice, not very tight so I wouldn't damage it, leaving just a tiny piece of it out. Then I used ...
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Why is the cut using a jigsaw not a perfect straight line?

Jig saws are designed for cutting curves. You can cut straight lines and generally you followed the correct procedure - using a straight edge. Your picture of the cut is pretty blurry, so it's hard to ...
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How can I cut a brick?

Standard low cost method is with a mason's chisel and a hammer. Use it to score a shallow line on all 4 sides, then give it a solid hit on one of the wide/flat sides of the brick. Hide the ...
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What is the right tool to cut a clothesline made of coated steel?

I use what are generically called "tin snips". True tin snips are designed for thin, relatively soft material (like sheet tin or similar metal). But the good ones can cut through almost ...
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Why is the cut using a jigsaw not a perfect straight line?

As a novice-level wood cutter, I will say that what helped me the most with learning how to make straight cuts using a jigsaw was to slow down. You can certainly cut in a straight line, without a ...
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Can/Should I use an angle grinder with a blade for metals on PVC coated metal?

Using an angle grinder you're going to end up with melted PVC clogging the blade, and possible fire from hot metal/sparks that you are grinding igniting the plastic, etc. As such, the suggestion to ...
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Cutting larger pieces on table saw

I've found that clamping a guide board to the plywood and riding it along the edge of the table works quite well: Guide board in red, clamp in blue - you should have another clamp on the front edge ...
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How to shorten a concrete pipe sticking from ground

There exist dedicated concrete cutters. For example the Stihl TS 420 has about 12cm cutting depth. I don't know if those saws allow horizontal cutting. A preferred solution would be to simply raise ...
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

A properly sharpened saw. A clear line. Practice. Less than 20 years, but actually practicing with scrap lumber is very beneficial. For 90 degree cuts, it also helps if your saw is clean and shiny ...
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What is the right tool to cut a clothesline made of coated steel?

Cable cutters are the tool designed for cutting cable. If you're doing this a lot, the correct tool helps. For a one-off task, it may not be worth the cost, although then you have the tool for life. ...
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What is the right tool to cut a clothesline made of coated steel?

An abrasive cutting disk works well. That might take the form of an angle grinder or a rotary tool (often generically called by the Dremel brand name).
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Why is the cut using a jigsaw not a perfect straight line?

Forget the guide block. Seriously. Jigsaw blades wander for a variety of reasons, and all of them will cause you to have a non-square cut, even if you have a square guide block. Instead, practice ...
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Cutting larger pieces on table saw

Use the table saw to build a track for your circular saw. Then use your circular saw and track to cut the plywood.
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How do I cut an arc in a pine board?

Whenever I want an arc that accurate I use my 3hp router (a smaller rated router will do too, just for smaller scale work) screwed to a shop made pivot (trammel) and make repeated passes, next pass ...
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Is it easy to shorten (cut) this ABS pipe and if yes, how?

Yes, it can be cut. My first choice, tool wise, would be to use an oscillating multitool. They're easy to control and you'd get a nice clean cut.
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Can/Should I use an angle grinder with a blade for metals on PVC coated metal?

I think you'd do better with a Sawzall. That's the trade name - like Kleenex, everyone uses the name no matter what the brand. Just looked up - it is generically a reciprocating saw. These things can ...
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How to get rid of lot of thin long tree branches that have been cut off?

A slow, but common solution is to have a dedicated heap for cuttings and branches. Fresh cuttings goes on top every season, while the bottom slowly compresses and decomposes. Wood → Dirt This will be ...
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

One thing I've found immensely helpful is a speed square (this one is metal, but there's some PVC models that are really cheap) They have a "T" top, so you can set it parallel to the side ...
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Can you cut electrical cables cleanly with an angle grinder?

Once I clamped the cable with an old hose clamp then sawed through the clamp band with a hacksaw - was reasonable but still "furred" or spread the ends. I purchased a decent cable cutter ...
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How can I fit a board to walls intersecting at an obtuse angle?

Quick and dirty angle-finder - two straight edges and some tape. Straight cardboard will work. Put them against the walls and tape them together at that angle. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the ...
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What degree do I make bevel cut to form a 28ft ring with 2x4s

You can't figure this out without knowing how many boards your circle will have; once you choose the number of boards, just divide 360 by the number of bevels (one for each end of each board) and that'...
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Why is the cut using a jigsaw not a perfect straight line?

A jigsaw isn't designed to make perfect cuts. Straight cuts can be made but the stock has to be clamped down and the fence, guide block, must be clamped down too. You can't hold down a guide block ...
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

The issue with this sort of cut is that the bevel and the miter are not perpendicular to the workpiece and not perpendicular to each other. Use a jig. You can build one, and place the workpiece in it,...
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What is the right tool to cut a clothesline made of coated steel?

I would use a hammer and chisel on steel plate. Not a wood chisel but a cold chisel for steel. Lay line over a solid piece of steel, place chisel at cut point, and hit chisel with heavy type of ...
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Can you use a router like a saw to cut wood?

It's entirely possible, and often reasonable. Without going as far as buying a CNC router (handy, but expensive) simple jigs and sleds permit cutting precisely circular holes (eat your heart out, ...
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How do I cut an arc in a pine board?

How do professionals cut arcs? They don't use a saw to cut them. If you're the IKEA kind of professional, you have a monstrous milling machine. You program the arc into your CNC machine, and it just ...
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Can/Should I use an angle grinder with a blade for metals on PVC coated metal?

Yes, it'll be fine but heed the valid warnings given in the other answers about the minor risk of melting plastic and starting small fires. You won't instantly be sitting in the middle of a blazing ...
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How can I cut a brick?

if you already have an angle grinder a $2 stone cutting wheel is probably the cheapest way to cut a single brick.. a diamond wheel will last longer, but cost more.
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