Myself writes: “Wire saws have long been a staple of survival kits, but they come in handy on the jobsite too. When clearance is too tight for a standard saw or there’s no outlet nearby and your cordless needs charging, just pass the wire saw behind a piece of PVC pipe and pull it back and forth. Simplicity!
“PVC is pretty easy to cut, and the PVC wire saw is actually a simpler, cheaper version of the common wire saw that’s intended for cutting wood. The larger handles also set the jobsite saw apart from the survival version.”
This is one of those tools that you’ll keep in your kit for months wondering why you bothered — then pull it out and save your ass with it because it’s the only thing that’ll do the job. I wasn’t aware that PVC versions are available — I could’ve used this a few years back when I was re-plumbing a badly-designed swimming pool filter system. There was almost no clearance around the pipes, but this would’ve fit right in.
Not surprisingly, then, the one Myself recommends comes from a company called Cheap Swimming Pool Products and sells for $16. Froogle turns up a couple more (from other pool places), but they’re all more expensive.