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Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby Brewtime » Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:15 pm

What is the best way to draw the cut out on the electrical box so I can install an PID that is 45x45mm should I just trace around the face and cut with a jigsaw just inside the lines. I would rather cut it to small then to big. Cutting the holes were easy with conduit punch but a 45x45 punch is like 550 bucks
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Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby Brewtime » Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:16 pm

Damn auto spell in the ipad
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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby jeeper » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:22 pm

how bout a dremel with a cut off wheel.
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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby Monster Mash » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:33 pm

jeeper wrote:how bout a dremel with a cut off wheel.


+1 that's what I use.
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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby Klickitat Jim » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:41 pm

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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby Brewtime » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:44 pm

jeeper wrote:how bout a dremel with a cut off wheel.


I have one of those. :P
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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby usmcruz » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:50 am

Something that small I definitely agree, use a dremel and 8 discs.
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Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby Brewtime » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:59 am

Really my question what is the best way to get the hole the right size. So I don't cut it too big. Should I just take a ruler and measure it out. If I do it that way I am afraid it will be crooked. Or should I trace the small side of the PID and cut it and file the sides until it fits properly. Or do I make a template out of cardboard. And use that my guide.


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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby pclemon » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:23 am

Brewtime wrote:Really my question what is the best way to get the hole the right size. So I don't cut it too big. Should I just take a ruler and measure it out. If I do it that way I am afraid it will be crooked. Or should I trace the small side of the PID and cut it and file the sides until it fits properly. Or do I make a template out of cardboard. And use that my guide.


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Does the PID not have a trim plate? Typically it would slide over the face of it and cover any gaps between the device and the box.
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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby rplace » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:27 am

Brewtime wrote:Really my question what is the best way to get the hole the right size. So I don't cut it too big. Should I just take a ruler and measure it out. If I do it that way I am afraid it will be crooked. Or should I trace the small side of the PID and cut it and file the sides until it fits properly. Or do I make a template out of cardboard. And use that my guide.


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Mine came with a thin rubber gasket. I put it where I wanted it and used a sharpie to draw on the INSIDE of the gasket, then cut on the lines so I could no longer see them (width of the cut off wheel). I had to file a little bit once done but got a nice snug fit. Better smaller than bigger in this case :wink:

BTW I used a full sized angle grinder to make the cuts starting in the middle of my drawn lines and just letting the cutting wheel go down slowly. Cuts in both directions towards the corners. Cut looked sort of like below and I finished by attaching all my cuts to the corners with a jig saw.

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EDIT: Like Pete said mine has a sort of plastic bezel that is bigger than the body of the PID so you have a bit of room for error and that covers up any small flaws in the cuts/file work
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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby Dean Palmer » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:41 pm

What I have done... Make a template as suggested above for the actual hole size, mark the square on the surface to be cut, drill corner holes inside the markings far enough to the inside to allow you to cut past them to make square corners later, finish with a saber saw/reciprocating saw with a fine metal blade cutting from the holes along the straight lines until you get the square cut.

A Dremel or any die grinder style tool with metal cutting wheels would probably be my second choice.
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Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby Brewtime » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:03 pm

Used a Dremel and a templet all is good


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Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby tookalisten » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:33 pm

Brewtime wrote:Used a Dremel and a templet all is good


Sent from my iPhone so please ignore the damn auto correct


That will also fix autospell on an iPad
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Re: Re: Best way to cut a square cut until for a PID

Postby usmcruz » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:48 pm

tookalisten wrote:That will also fix autospell on an iPad



Bwahahahaa!:lol:
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Postby Brewtime » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:28 am

usmcruz wrote:
tookalisten wrote:That will also fix autospell on an iPad



Bwahahahaa!:lol:


This is coming from a guy who can't use There,Their, or They're correctly


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