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#9: 10-02-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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To make the install even easier, not have to measure, and not use a hacksaw...

Get a pipe cutter.

Home Depot:
Brand: BrassCraft
Part Number: T005
Cutting: 5/8 to 2 1/8" OD

Lowes:
Brand: SuperiorTool
Part Number: ST-2000
Cutting: 5/8 to 2 1/8" OD

I love clean, straight cuts. Easier, no sore arms, quicker, safer, perfect every time.

I used the Lowes one last time. My Rigid is overkill. But both the Lowes and HD work. Ask me how I know.

Just checked HD.com. The BrassCraft is $22.98. Spend $25 and do it like a Pro. You still have the tool for other projects later.

Set the blade of the cutter as close to the top of the strut as possible. The blade sits between the frame, so one side of the tool frame will rest against the silver edge of the strut top. The blade will be a hair below on the black body. The silver edge will guide the tool in a perfect straight line. The cut will be clean, just de-burr the inside. It will also be at the perfect height. No measuring required.

Work smarter, not harder.

Great write up Rick.