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OfflineDymentia
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cutting rubbermade
    #1225384 - 01/17/03 05:52 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

i have one of those big 30 gal rubbermade tubs and the sucker is as tuff as nails to cut. Does anyone have any hints/tips on the best way of making large cuts into rubbermade plastic?
I trying to cut a "skylight" to provide some light into my fruiting chamber




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Dymentia


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Re: cutting rubbermade [Re: Dymentia]
    #1225398 - 01/17/03 06:06 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I used some heavy duty scissors. I think you could also do well with a hack saw blade. Power tools are always nice :grin: A utility knife works but it's slow.


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Re: cutting rubbermade [Re: Dymentia]
    #1225778 - 01/17/03 08:41 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

How flexible is the material? Is there a danger of cracking? I've always used a utility knife, but that was on the 18 gallon roughneck totes. Make sure it has a sharp blade in it. I suppose you could soak it in hot water in the bath tub if you wanted.


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Re: cutting rubbermade [Re: Shaw]
    #1225794 - 01/17/03 08:44 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

use the scisors that you cut siding with... it can cut plastic really well...


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Re: cutting rubbermade [Re: Dymentia]
    #1225800 - 01/17/03 08:46 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I use a Dremel rotary tool for cutting plastic, fiberglass, etc. Works great! :laugh: 


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Re: cutting rubbermade [Re: Dymentia]
    #1225815 - 01/17/03 08:50 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Tin snips work very well - found here

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Re: cutting rubbermade [Re: Dymentia]
    #1225853 - 01/17/03 09:00 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

i use a carpet knife with a fresh blade ,cuts it like butter and you can just push the balde in to make the 1st cut. (of course I happen to have layed carpet in the past and therefore have one :smile:)


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Re: cutting rubbermade [Re: debianlinux]
    #1225866 - 01/17/03 09:02 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

sharp knife and adequate pressure should be good enuff. you can soften it up some by heatin it up with a hair-dryer it will make it a touch easier. i just use a leatherman and it works just have to cut over the same spot a few times then it goes thru.


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Re: cutting rubbermade [Re: Dymentia]
    #1225931 - 01/17/03 09:19 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

score the plastic with a utilty knife until it gets thin enough that you've cut all the way through  :grin:


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