Cutting Electrical PVC (WITHOUT CUTTING WIRES)

I'm looking for suggestions. I have a 3/4" gray PVC conduit coming out of the ground, and up the side of a wooden post. It goes to an outdoor switch about 5 feet, then continues up to a light on the top of the pole. I want to cut into the PVC and install an outdoor box with an outlet, about 2 feet from the ground. This sounds simple, except for one thing. I cant remove the wires (without digging up the whole yard). The wire is a 12-2 UF cable inside the pipe. I want to cut the pipe, but not the cable. Any suggestions how to cut? (I know, very carefully). I need to keep about 6 inches of the cable to make the connection, but only remove about 4" of the pipe for the box, so I cant cut it that high.
Mark
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If the PVC is far enough away from any obstruction, you might be able to use a small pipe cutter. You know, the kind Cool Hand Luke used to cut the heads off of parking meters. If not, a careful sawing will work, just takes a little longer. They also make a saw that looks like a garrote (sp?) that might work. Tom
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Unless I am misunderstanding it, you will have to run new wire between your new box and the switch anyhow; the existing wire won't be long enough to add anything unless you have some slack available. Adding the new wire will be easy enough, and it won't matter much how you cut the conduit.
But to answer your question, I would use a cutter on a rotary tool. You can set the depth so that it just hits the conduit without going any further (at least you can on my PC). Sure, it won't help you much on the backside, but you can open up the front, and once you do that the back will be easy.
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Yes, I will have to run some new wires. Just a 3 to 4' piece of romex. But to really have enough wire to work with, I have to cut out at least 6" of pipe where the outlet goes to get enough wire to work with on those deep outdoor boxes. The box is only 4" high and thats not enough wire. I suppose I could replace the pipe, between the outlet and switch, but hate to buy a 10 foot stick for 2 1/2 feet since I dont have any on hand. I know that pipe is cheap but I like to avoid buying stuff if I can. I am wondering how much wire I can cram down into the pipe ???? If I can cram down 3 inches from the switch box, I can cut at the top of the outlet and have plenty of wire.

I think you got something here. Good idea. Thank You ! I should be able to do something with my dreml tool. I can cut the back with a hacksaw blade (not in a saw), and keep the wire toward the front or even put a piece of steel in there as a blocker.
The one advantage I have is the outer shell coating on the UF cable. If I nick it, no big deal. Better than if it was just single wires.
Thanks
Mark.
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don't cram any wire down the conduit.
cut about 6 or 8" above the final cut location
slide a pipe of emt (or other "shield" mateial) down over the wire, passed the final cut.
CAREFULLY cut PVC w/ a hack saw
remove shield, you're good to go.
My local hardware stor seels PVC (pipe or conduit) by the foot, even my HD has rems
cheers Bob
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This is Turtle.
Just use copper tubing cutters or what you call small pipe cutters.
TURTLE
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I dunno, will one of them cut PVC ? I never tried, but I do have to remember I can only bend the pipe so much from the pole too. It would have to be my mini cutter. Dont know if that can handle a 3/4".
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String or cord similar to a "string saw"
I use some nylon string that I bought years ago for this purpose. It will take some time but rarely will you hurt the wire this way.
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On Mon, 28 Nov 2005 23:15:46 -0600, snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com wrote:

Use a PVC cutter, click it down so it is just starting to score the pipe and run it around. Keep doing this until you are almost through the pipe and then snap it off. (same theory as the pipe cutter idea)
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