How to Cut PVC Piping Without a Blade of Any Kind

By Lacy Enderson

Your first thought when needing to cut PVC pipe would be to find the sharpest blade. Remarkably, though, a blade isn't the only tool you can use to cut through PVC piping.

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Cut PVC Piping Without a Blade of Any Kind

Step 1

Tie metal rings onto both ends of the cotton string.

Step 2

Wrap the cotton string halfway around your PVC pipe, and teeter-totter the ends back and forth in a sawing motion. The friction of the cotton string against the PVC pipe will cut right through it.

Step 3

You can also loop a piece of butcher's twine, or kite string, all the way around the PVC pipe. It's best to tie rings or sticks on the ends as handles.

Step 4

Pull the string back and forth like a seesaw. This motion will melt right through the PVC pipe.