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  1. #1
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    What do you guys like to use for cutting armaflex? I use an exacto knife and this works ok for a few cuts but gets dull fast!

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    Fine tooth hacksaw. I have a bandsaw blade that has been filed down on the sides and face. Cuts ins. great but not you.
    Be safe not fast. body parts don't grow back

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    Utility knife, keep fresh blades close by... I've never liked insulating, I barely tolerate the little bit of it I'm called on to do.

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    If you want to get real good results, use the hacksaw blade as selfemployed suggested with a cheap plastic miter box (to get the angles right)

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    I use a real long pair of sissors, about 12" blades. I tried the other tools but this works best. They wereabout 40 bucks.
    "What Fools these mortals be"....Puck

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    what I LIKE TO USE is my Benchmade folding knife. Especially after I have sharpened it keenly.

    But alas .... it too turns dull in time. (too short a time!!!)


    Next favorite, and this lasts longer for the results... a cheap kitchen steak knife, Serrated. About $4 in the supermarkets. (free if you take your wife's without her noticing them slowly dwindling.... he he )

    Last but not least ... the hacksaw blade. No handle.


    But my favorite of all to use is "Jose". Jose is one of the tinners/ installers and he does a really fine job of insulating ACR with Armor-Flex.


    The stuff on this job is One Inch Thick!!! So you can imagine it takes quite a bit of work to get the job done.



    But oh "don't it look nice when your finished!"

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    I've seen the pros use fille a hell fish skinnin nifes .
    is this really happening or not

  8. #8
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    I use a Malco ductboard knife,

    which I sharpen often.
    We've been doing so much,for so long,with so little, that now we can do almost anything, with nothing at all.

  9. #9
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    Originally posted by R12rules



    But my favorite of all to use is "Jose". Jose is one of the tinners/ installers and he does a really fine job of insulating ACR with Armor-Flex.


    Call him "compadre" and he'll even fetch your stuff from the truck I bet...

    No slam on our Hispanic bretheren... I have many Amigos.

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    Wink

    If you have a S W Anderson in your area, they sell a specific knife which comes in two diffrent lengths. It is sharp on one side only, with wooden handle. I'm sorry I do not have a part # for you. I have one for about 6 years now. I last pretty long between sharpinings.
    "My hands are for sale"

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    I use my X-ray vision but I really have to concentrate to get it intense enough to cut the armaflex, so I usually only do it before lunch.

  12. #12
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    I don't cut it I like to slide it over the pipe before I braze, hold it back with a pipe cutter. To many cuts looks like a DIY job.

    Even better is when people use black electrical tape to hold it together.


    Core

  13. #13
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    Anybody have tips or tricks to get a professional looking joint on a tee? The "fishmouth" joints that Pipe Coverer's make on both Armaflex and Fiberglass are truly a work of art and I can't seem to come close as good of quality.

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