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M18 hackzall

I’ll try next time with multi


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I like the multitool idea, I did not have one when I had to cut a box out. Metal blades burnout quick though.
 

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I cut a 12x12 piece out, change box and replace rock with same piece. Can always cut a new piece. Add some short pieces of stud or other material to support the sides. Tape then paint.


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I cut a 12x12 piece out, change box and replace rock with same piece. Can always cut a new piece. Add some short pieces of stud or other material to support the sides. Tape then paint.


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This works too and in the long run, this is more efficient for you and not much more work for the guy doing the taping if there is other taping to be done.
 

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Any tricks to removing these boxes when doing old work ? Trying to find an easy/clean way to remove these when I need to fit a deeper box in the wall.

They usually end up destroying the wall.


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Sawzall also good when the wall is plaster and lathe. After all the good reviews will be adding multi-tool to my collection.
 

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  • Milwaukee 2626-20 M18 18V Lithium Ion Cordless 18,000 OPM Orbiting Multi Tool with Woodcutting Blades and Sanding Pad with Sheets Included (Battery Not Included, Power Tool Only)
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Milwaukee 2626-20 M18 18V Lithium Ion Cordless 18,000 OPM Orbiting Multi Tool with Woodcutting Blades and Sanding Pad with Sheets Included (Battery Not Included, Power Tool Only)
e never used an oscillating tool. Sounds like a must have tool these days.
 

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I've never used an oscillating tool. Sounds like a must have tool these days.
I was slow to get one but now carry it all the time and find it very handy.
 

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I've never used an oscillating tool. Sounds like a must have tool these days.
They're a cast saw. If that helps.
Small kerf, very precise. Great to plunge cut. They make a box cut out blade for drywall that cuts all 4 sides at once.
I haven't been super impressed with my metal cutting blades I'll have to get better ones.
 

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One thing about the oscillating tools. I had a job where I needed to make a kind of big mortise in wood and ran out and bought the harbor freight one to see if it worked. It was really useful so when I saw a Fein Multimaster, the original super high quality one, on craigslist, I bought it. Every job people asked about that tool, and it was promptly stolen.

Before it was stolen I did some head to head testing with the harbor freight. Not surprisingly, the winner is whichever one has the better blade. The advantage of the Fein is quality that will last a long time. Which doesn't matter if it gets stolen. Nobody will bother to steal the horrible freight.

The blades are a significant consumable expense, the good ones work better and stay sharp longer but they are not cheap. For example I remember I used the oscillating tool to remove some windows from a brick building, cutting the screws around the casing, within 24 cuts a $15 blade was slowing down quite a bit. It was so quick and easy you wouldn't think twice about spending the $15 but just remember to spend enough on blades.
 

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One thing about the oscillating tools. I had a job where I needed to make a kind of big mortise in wood and ran out and bought the harbor freight one to see if it worked. It was really useful so when I saw a Fein Multimaster, the original super high quality one, on craigslist, I bought it. Every job people asked about that tool, and it was promptly stolen.

Before it was stolen I did some head to head testing with the harbor freight. Not surprisingly, the winner is whichever one has the better blade. The advantage of the Fein is quality that will last a long time. Which doesn't matter if it gets stolen. Nobody will bother to steal the horrible freight.

The blades are a significant consumable expense, the good ones work better and stay sharp longer but they are not cheap. For example I remember I used the oscillating tool to remove some windows from a brick building, cutting the screws around the casing, within 24 cuts a $15 blade was slowing down quite a bit. It was so quick and easy you wouldn't think twice about spending the $15 but just remember to spend enough on blades.
Tool thieves are a real pain... as are the one’s who will borrow a tool and never bring it back. :mad:
 

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The hack saw posted reminded me of one of the most tiresome tasks in resi: old boxes held together by screws and you have to put a gfi in the box so you have to cut the screws off shorter.
Just thinking about it makes me wish for an apprentice.
 

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The hack saw posted reminded me of one of the most tiresome tasks in resi: old boxes held together by screws and you have to put a gfi in the box so you have to cut the screws off shorter.
Just thinking about it makes me wish for an apprentice.
Wouldn't a 2-gang plastic old work box be better?
 

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Bosch makes some really good blades for the oscillating saws. Their carbide tipped blades make fast work of lath and plaster. I used a single blade on a whole house rewire in SF. A two pack is $35-$40, so that was about $20 worth of blades.
 

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Bro! Throw that dinosaur away!

I don't even use a regular hacksaw anymore, much less that silly nonsense. I HATE those things!!
I don’t use it either 😆. See the Milwaukee multi-tool I posted above. With a carbon tooth blade it will cut through a nail super fast. It is a life saver when you need to cut a straight channel through a chair rail when installing Wiremold.
 
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