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jamiedolan 01-26-2009 11:12 PM

Special saw for clean cuts in drywall / plaster
We are doing extensive electrical work (whole house rewire). There are areas that we need to cut out some drywall / plaster.

Are there any special saws that would help make nice straight cuts at the proper depth to make it easier to patch?


angus242 01-26-2009 11:32 PM

My 2 weapons for dealing with drywall are the jab saw and a rotozip. Jab saw is easy to control and you can keep dust to a minimum. Rotozip is a pretty clean cut but you can make one slip up and now you have more to patch than you bargained for. It's also VERY dusty.

jaros bros. 01-27-2009 07:09 AM

Keep and old cordless trim saw around. They work great for this.

Josh Jaros

ponch37300 01-27-2009 11:45 AM

Jamie, I have read that a 3-4 inch hole saw works good for clean holes and heard it's easy to patch. I have used these clips alot and they work great. You just cut a hole in between the studs and then put these clips in and screw the piece you cut out back in.

Bob Mariani 01-27-2009 01:56 PM

Hitachi made an electric drywall knife.. cannot get any cleaner than this. But a good electrician will not need to make too many holes. Patching the ones he does need will be easy with any of the tools already mentioned above.

Rehabber 01-27-2009 02:20 PM

Although a little expensive, a Multimaster does a great of precise cuts with little dust. It's also indispensable for many other remodeling jobs. :yes: A few companies are starting to make less expensive versions now that Multimasters patent has expired.

evapman 01-29-2009 10:55 PM

I use a multi-master also, great tool, but blades are very painful to buy! :eek:

bjbatlanta 02-02-2009 06:05 PM

I do a lot of work repairing where electricians have to cut the drywall to run wires for adding can lights, etc. The easiest way I've found is for the electrician to use a 4" hole saw to cut the holes between the joists. I can cut "hot patches" all the same size. The 4" seems large enough to drill the joists and get a hand in to pull the wires.....

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