View Full Version : cutting polycarbonate tube

Noyl Wendor
10-24-2006, 10:35 PM
I am wondering how you cut to polycarbonate tube to the length you want? Dremel? Hacksaw? Chopsaw? Er...no forget that one :lol:

10-24-2006, 11:00 PM
Actually a chop saw is exactly what I use. With a plastic cutting blade of course. If you dont have one then use a pipe cutter. A hand saw would be a little hard to do a straight cut with.

Noyl Wendor
10-25-2006, 01:48 AM
Cool. Thats exactly what I have in the garage. Even the blade to cut plastic with on the chopsaw.
One more question though. Can I use all 17 feet of wire in a (total length) 32 inch blade? How many times would I have to "fold" the wire?

10-25-2006, 02:54 AM
Doing the math, I would say you probably can't get 17' of EL wire into an approximately 31" long 5/16" ID diffuser. That would be 6.5 strands and 6 folds.

Noyl Wendor
10-25-2006, 03:10 AM
So cut the EL wire? Seems like a lot to get into such a small space. Suggestions? Cut the wire down? Go with a longer length of polyc?

10-25-2006, 10:37 AM
Just cut the wire to whatever length you need. 6 strands should fit.

10-25-2006, 11:55 AM
I did cut my pc tube (for luxeon) some weaks a go with a saw for metals... I turned ou quite well, but it's hard to cut straicght and then you will have to sand down the edgeabit. But I'm happy with my results for the moment

Jedi Ranger
10-25-2006, 07:07 PM
I have used my dremel and my pipe cutter. The pipe cutter is slower, but makes a more even cut, but the pipe does need minor "tweaking" after, in order to fit in the blade holders. It also makes no mess.

10-26-2006, 02:18 PM
And, btw, my brother did a green EL with 6 strands, and it fit. (pretty tight, though)