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Old 02-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I have a quick question about a steel pipe. There is a small nail or piece of metal sticking out in the middle of the pipe. I need to stick a piece of PVC pipe into it for a project that I am doing and it looks like the screw is about 6 to 10 inches away from the end of the pipe.

What would be the best way to get rid of it? What sort of file could I use?

I am ultimately looking for the cheapest way for me to get rid of it. I don't really care if it takes about 20 minutes for me to file it down by hand but more than 20 would be too much. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Ok, so what is running through this pipe? water gas ECT.
And how does PVC come into play?

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I am just using it as a pole mount for a solar panel. The pvc pipe will go through the steel pipe but it can't with the screw in the way.
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Drill it out. If the hole remaining isn't tolerable plug it with something like JB weld.
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Grind it foor with a right angle grinder, a hack saw. About a 5 min. job.
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I might of forgotten to mention that I can't reach the outside of the pole. I can only get rid of it from the inside of it and it is still 6 inches in from the end (just measured it). The pole is small, 2" inside diameter, so I can't fit any sort of electric grinder in it.

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I'm thinking of ordering this now and picking Saturday delivery: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholson-0660...productDetails

Will it work?
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I'm thinking of ordering this now and picking Saturday delivery: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholson-0660...productDetails

Will it work?
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My local hardware stores don't usually have what I need. I went to Lowes and they didn't even have a few of the things that I need. Either way, I would rather pay nine bucks more to get it tomorrow. None of my local hardware stores are that close to me anyways.

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Good luck with trying to file it out. Just drill it out and be done with it.
Any local hardware, or box store would have that simple file.
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I told you I can't drill it out because I can't get to the outside of the pole. The pole is under my deck and got cut off and capped off. I am not sure if it is even a screw or not. But it is definitely metal because I cannot get the PVC pipe into the steel pole.
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Ayuh,.... Use a big punch, 'n a BFHammer, 'n Bust it off.....
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Buy a hole saw that fits the inside dimension, A Mandrel that fits a speedbore extension, and a speedbore extension with a spring collar.
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If you do end up with a file use a rat tail, or 1/4 round file not a rectanguler file.
Round pipe, round file.
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If you do end up with a file use a rat tail, or 1/4 round file not a rectanguler file.
Round pipe, round file.
I understand this but I actually want to leave a portion of the screw in because it will help stabilize the PVC pipe since the PVC does not fit perfectly into the steel pipe.

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