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Cutting screws and pipes flush – how is that best done?

Close-up of a man who is cutting a protruding pipe flush with a multi-tool from the Bosch brand.
Cutting pipes and screws flush is no longer a problem for you with a few tips and tricks.

You're renovating your flat and the previous tenant has left behind a few surprises for you? Whether old copper pipes in the kitchen, nails in the wall or stubborn wooden dowels in your cupboard, we'll show you step by step how you can easily cut screws, pipes, etc. flush.

Old copper pipes in the kitchen – what now?

Old copper pipes are protruding from your kitchen wall. You would like to cleanly cut them off directly on the wall, but you are not making progress with normal tools such as an angle grinder or a jigsaw? The base of the tool does not allow enough wiggle room – you do not get close enough to the wall?

In this case, you can work with a multifunction tool and a plunge cut saw blade. Depending on which material the pipe is made of, you cut it with a plunge cut saw blade for softwood and hardwood or with the plunge cut saw blade for plastics and non-ferrous metals. In no time you have a smooth wall surface.

Cutting pipes: Step 1

The multi-tool cuts materials including wood, plastic, composites and aluminium pipes with plastic sheathing or copper. First select the appropriate saw blade. The following colour code will help you do it:

Graphic that explains the colour code of the Bosch Starlock accessory series.
Which multi-tool accessory is suitable for which materials? An overview.

Cutting pipes flush: Step 2

Guide the tool directly along the material parallel to the wall, in order to saw in correctly. With slight movements from left to right, you support the oscillation of the tool and can also shorten harder material quickly and easily.

While you're already cutting, copper pipes can incidentally be transformed into some great DIY projects. For example into a sophisticated laptop holder, a clothes rail or a folding table. Have a think about our ideas.

Let screws, dowels or nails simply disappear

Close-up of two hands that are cutting a protruding nail flush with a Bosch PMF 350 CES multifunction tool.
If the pliers are no longer helping, this is how you get rid of protruding nails.

You find protruding nails in your walls when renovating, which can no longer be pulled out even with great force exerted on the pliers? Your previous tenant plastered screw heads and dowels only poorly, so that they still peep out of the wall? Allow these objects to disappear too:

Cutting screws and nails: Step 1

With the multi-tool, you can remove even unhardened nails or screws made of steel with the appropriate saw blade. Easily position and shorten flush.

Shortening screws and nails flush: Step 2

After sawing off, you can simply plaster or repaint the interfaces. This way, they no longer stand out. Finished – your walls look like new!