cutting abs 2 inch drain in tight quarters?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by pmaru77, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. pmaru77

    pmaru77 New Member

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    Is there a special tool to cut plastic piping in tight spaces? I have a shower drain that split and have to get in there and splice some new piping.
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    pipe

    What kind of pipe? White PVC or black ABS?
  3. pmaru77

    pmaru77 New Member

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    It's 2" ABS drain pipe. I just bought a wire thing to cut it. It got about 1/3 the way and now is stuck.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Timing is everthing. The wire cuts through heat caused by friction (it actually melts through if it's the kind I think it is). If you stop part way through or go too fast, it get get liquid and seal up behind or on the wire.
  5. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I only use the wire on pvc...
    Try a regular saw...
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    pmaru77 New Member

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    yeah......I fugured...but too late. Well...it's cut out. I bought 2 45 deg elb. because that is what I thought I cut out, but further inspection...the elbow (orig) are 30 deg. There is only a 6 inch shift (offset) needed and I'm guessing that the 30's make it a little easier to line up, along with draining better.
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