View Full Version : cutting abs 2 inch drain in tight quarters?

11-01-2008, 02:14 PM
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.

11-01-2008, 02:16 PM
What kind of pipe? White PVC or black ABS?

11-01-2008, 03:34 PM
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.

11-01-2008, 04:10 PM
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.

11-01-2008, 04:22 PM
I only use the wire on pvc...
Try a regular saw...

11-01-2008, 05:18 PM
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.