We're trying to clean up our Garage and property this fall.
We rented a small dumpster. I have a few hollow tubes of metal (steel?
Galvinized Aluminum?) that horizontallly go along the top of a fence
that the fencing would be tied to with the little metal twist tie
thingies for support.
We took the fence down a long time ago and have no use for them and
want to have them taken in the dumpster we rented.
Problem is... They are very, very long. Much longer than the length of
the dumpster we rented.
I want to cut the metal down to lengths that can be put into the
I have a sawzall which I've used a bunch of times to cut tree branches
and the like out of fencing etc.. We just bought a 4&1/4" circular
saw to trim down the bottom of some doors that no longer open/close
due to higher pile carpeting being installed... I've never used a
circular saw before.
I'm thinking the sawzall with some sort of carbide blade would be what
I should use?
I'm assuming I should do the cutting outdoors because of sparks? (and
maybe wear wet jeans? lol)
I have saw horses and clamps. I have a vise that would hold the pipe
more securely, but the vise is bolted on a very heavy table-top in our
Advice would be appreciated :)
I recently had a plumber replace some ancient iron pipe in my basement. He
used a sawzall and cut through the pipe like it was made of cardboard. No
idea what kind of blade, though, but I saw no sparks.
I have used a circular saw with a metal cutting blade and it worked well.
Depending on how many cuts you need to make, you may need to buy more than
one blade. The reason is that the metal cutting blades are made of some
kind of abrasive composite material and, as you continue cutting, the
material wears down and the blade gets smaller and smaller. I probably made
about 10 cuts per blade (I don't really remember how many) before the blade
go too small to use. Oh, yes... sparks? -- big time sparks.
Here's another trick you may be able to try. Put each pipe between two
trees that are close to each other, or one tree with two main trunks, or
something similar. Then BEND the pipes by pulling on the end while the two
trees are holding the pipes in place. Usually they are easy to bend back
and forth and break. But you can just bend/fold them enough to fit into the
dumpster without breaking them if you want. You can also lean one end on
top of something raised, stand on the middle to may the first bend, then
pull up the end while you or someone else continues to stand on the pipe.
Once the first bend starts to happen, the rest of the bending of each pipe
takes very little effort. It's very easy.
Or, if you don't have a sawzall, save the purchase price and use a
manual hacksaw. Those tubes are very light gauge and easy to cut.
Only minute or two per cut. I did it when installing my fence. Of
course if time is a constraint....
Is there a Habitat ReStore, Craig's List, Freecycle, or radio swap show
in your area? Shame to put good pipe in a landfill, if you can find
somebody to give it to. For that matter, just leave it out by the street
with a 'FREE !' sign, for a few days- odds are it will disappear.Unless
this was a 50 year old fence or something, probably just galvanized soft
If you simply MUST cut it up, most painless solution is probably a pipe
cutter. Rental store will have them. Just tell them what the outside
diameter is. Clamp one end to a sawhorse, or make a 'X' sawbuck out of a
few 2x4s to hold one end up off the ground. Outside, yes, so you don't
drip cutting oil and metal shavings in carpet.No special precautions
other than gloves and safety glasses needed. A metal blade is Sawzall
will also work, but you will probably break enough blades that renting a
pipe cutter would be cheaper. The sparks from metal cutting are
impressive, but unlikely to start anything on fire, unless you are
cutting over very dry grass or something. But keeping a garden hose
handy is always a good precaution.
How many is a few?
A Sawzall will do as will a Skil saw with an abrasive metal cutting
The Craigslist suggestion is good one depending on your locale; my
neighbor puts all manner of things in CL & in less than 24
btw no such thing as "Galvanized Aluminum"
check them with a magnet....most likely galvinized steel thin wall
better to recycle or give away for reuse rather than trash :(
"very, very long" is useful for someone
Check out http://www.FreeCycle.org .
I just learned about it a few days ago. It's pretty cool. I wish I knew
about it sooner when I had other stuff to give away -- even things like
It is a website to give away or get stuff for free and there are local
groups for most areas. Part of the idea of giving stuff away is so it will
not end up in a landfill.
If you do decide to join one of the local FreeCycle online groups, it is
sometimes easy and better to use a Yahoo email address for it. If you don't
already have one, just create a free Yahoo email account with fake name,
I agree, I have given several things away via freecycle. Good way to get
rid of things you no longer want and it keeps it out of the landfills. Wish
I had known about it when I was getting rid of all the stuff in my dad's
house when he passed away.. I filled a big dumpster full of stuff that
could have probably been used by someone. Tried to give it to one of the
local chairtiy groups, but they did not show up when they were suspose to to
look at it.
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