Measure the length that you need to cut the 2-inch PVC pipe.
Mark the required dimension on the surface of the PVC pipe with the tape measure and the marker.
Open the jaws of the PVC cutter and place the PVC pipe inside the jaws.
Align the mark you placed on the PVC pipe in Step 2 with the top cutting blade of the hand-held cutter and ensure that the PVC pipe rests square in the cutter's lower jaw.
Squeeze the handle of the PVC cutter to start the cut through the PVC pipe. If you are using a ratchet action PVC cutter, you will need to pump the handle numerous times to cut the pipe to length.
Run your finger around the cut edge of the PVC pipe to feel for either an inside or outside bur. If you feel a bur, hit the area with the fine-toothed file to remove the bur from the edge of the pipe.