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    PVC Cutter with Built In Can Top Opener

    If you use a PVC Cutter, I bet you also use PVC primer and solvent. How do you unscrew the can tops? I use a slip lock pliers but it is never nearby. Problem now solved by modifying the PVC Cutter so it can also open the tops.

    If you are interested, please see

    http://rick.sparber.org/PCWSC.pdf

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    Your comments are welcome. All of us are smarter than any one of us.


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    I like it. I work with PVC so infrequently that I don't even own a PVC cutter I use a hacksaw but I do like your idea
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    I just got curious and looked through our database to see all the tools you've made using PVC.

    With this tool, and the Horizontal Soil Drill you just posted, that makes 15 homemade tools of yours that include "PVC" in the title or description. Admittedly, these are not your most complex tools, but the sum total ingenuity in the medium of PVC is staggering.

    Here are your 13 previous ones:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    I like it. I work with PVC so infrequently that I don't even own a PVC cutter I use a hacksaw but I do like your idea
    Once in a while I find the PVC too old and brittle to use with this cutter. Using a hacksaw causes me a great deal of grief because some of the shavings get into the pipe. Then end up blocking the tiny orifices on emitters. It won't hurt pop up sprayers which have a basket to catch such stuff.

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    Simple but effective. I, like you can never find my channel locks handy when I need to open the pvc glue etc. cans. Thanks for posting.

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    Just don't try it with glass jars. After my grandfather died I was opening a bunch of jars he had lying around with God knows what in them then broke the top off one. That was a nasty cut!

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    Rick's opener is far more effective than a slip joint or channel lock. The hacksaw teeth 'bite' is nearly 100% in the direction needed, and don't engage the diameter which is so easily crushed. Easily made, simple to replace, always at hand...and who hasn't a scrap blade about?
    My plumbing box includes a small rubber belted strap wrench, which is not 100% dependable for the same task.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfredX1 View Post
    Just don't try it with glass jars. After my grandfather died I was opening a bunch of jars he had lying around with God knows what in them then broke the top off one. That was a nasty cut!
    Frightening failure mode! A lot can happen in an instant.
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    Rick, great suggestion. I use the PVC primer so infrequently that end up throwing away my half use cans of primer because I can't get then open without totally crushing the caps. Thanks, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    Rick's opener is far more effective than a slip joint or channel lock. The hacksaw teeth 'bite' is nearly 100% in the direction needed, and don't engage the diameter which is so easily crushed. Easily made, simple to replace, always at hand...and who hasn't a scrap blade about?
    My plumbing box includes a small rubber belted strap wrench, which is not 100% dependable for the same task.
    Unless you have very large channel lock pliers, it's hard to get a grip on the lids of larger kitchen jars. Even if you can, the plier handles are seldom at a comfortable separation to get a good grip on the lid.

    My wife inherited an older version of this design...

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G7IGZOI...509980136&sr=1

    and it works wonderfully. It opens wide enough for the largest jars and can always be adjusted for the optimum placement of the handle to get a good grip. Unlike the channel locks, it adjusts quickly and fits in the kitchen cabinet drawer. It's all metal construction so it's not going to break.

    I liked it so much I bought a newer version for the tool box (and also as insurance in case they start making them out of plastic or cease making them at all).
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