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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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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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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.

Thanks.
 

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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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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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Ok here is the deal; filing will not work. I tried filing this thing for god knows how long and it isn't much smaller than when I started. I took a picture of it so you guys can try and figure out how I can get it out. It doesn't look like a screw, it looks like it was welded into the pipe.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kuupg5q5rdz3qdx/2013-02-23 12.26.39.jpg

It has a flat top after the filing.
 

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Ayuh,.... Like I said,.... "Use a big punch, 'n a BFHammer, 'n Bust it off....."

All ya need is a piece of smaller pipe, or a punch, or a steel pin, or Whatever, 'n a BFHammer....

Put whatever ya got for a punch on 1 side of that pin, 'n WACK it with the BFHammer....

It'll Break off, then do the other side...
With the right sized pipe as a punch, you can bust off both sides at once...
 

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Ayuh,.... Like I said,.... "Use a big punch, 'n a BFHammer, 'n Bust it off....."

All ya need is a piece of smaller pipe, or a punch, or a steel pin, or Whatever, 'n a BFHammer....

Put whatever ya got for a punch on 1 side of that pin, 'n WACK it with the BFHammer....

It'll Break off, then do the other side...
With the right sized pipe as a punch, you can bust off both sides at once...

I tried doing this but it didn't budge at all.

I will deal with having the piece of metal there because honestly, it isn't worth any more trouble trying to get rid of it.
 

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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.
Do you think PVC is rigid enough? Maybe a chain link fence post?
 
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