How to cut copper piping
The use of copper in DIY projects is still trending in 2018. However, for the best results it is important to know how to properly cut copper piping and sheets, just follow our simple guide for tips.
Here's how you do it
Cutting copper- the preparation:
Here is what you need to cut copper pipes and sheets:
- Multi-function tool
- Multi-function tool saw attachment
- 240 grit metal sandpaper
- Metal shears
- Sanding block
- Work gloves
- Face mask
- Ear protection
- Protective googles
Mark the desired dimensions for the copper pipe or sheet:
Next measure the copper piping or sheets with a ruler or a set square and mark the desired cut line with a pen.
Cutting Copper - Here's how:
Once you've drawn a line where you want to cut the piping, you can start cutting. Make sure to clamp the copper pipe to your worktop and put on protective googles, work gloves, ear protectors and a face mask. Then cut the copper with a multi-function tool and saw attachment, making sure to cut along the marked line.
To cut copper sheets, cut along the marked line using metal shears. However, you may need to use an angle grinder if the sheet is thicker. Don’t forget to secure the sheets with screw clamps so they don’t slip.
Sanding and deburring the cutting edges:
On the newly cut edges, you will often find small metal splinters or notches that have been left behnd, called burrs. You can smooth and remove these with a sandpaper. Take a fine grain size, for example 240, so you don’t damage the material during the sanding process. The easiest way to sand the corners and edges is by hand, using a sanding block for larger surfaces.
Clean the copper:
Before you continue working with the material in your DIY project, clean it with acetone or a metal cleaner and a cloth. Spray the tube or put some acetone on the cloth and remove the dirt.
Your copper is now ready for creative DIY projects!