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BloodyNnuckles 10-12-2012 08:12 PM

Cutting through Drywall Ceiling
 
Hello,
I am installing can lights in the kitchen and need to cut a strip of drywall out for the wiring. The strip will be about 12' long and 10" wide. Has anyone used a circular saw set to a 5/8" cut depth to do this? I am afraid to use a drywall saw as I may cut into something. Thanks.
BloodyKnuckles

k_buz 10-12-2012 08:17 PM

A circular saw will make a huge mess...for days. The dust will get into the heating system and will be a problem for a couple days. I would use a straight edge and a razor knife, then break out the drywall.

joecaption 10-12-2012 08:26 PM

A 10" wide slot to run a wire:eek:
A ciruler saw to cut sheetrock, never!
Something very wrong if it needs to be that wide.
Tell us more why your doing it his way.
Is this a first floor in a two story house?

oh'mike 10-12-2012 08:37 PM

Investing in an inexpensive multi tool with a half round blade will make for a neat cut---but answer Joes question first---why the slot cut?

Jim Port 10-12-2012 08:44 PM

Sounds like the wiring needs to go perpendicular to the framing. The slot allows a drill to get into the bays to drill.

sublime2 10-12-2012 08:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Port
Sounds like the wiring needs to go perpendicular to the framing. The slot allows a drill to get into the bays to drill.

Hit the nail on the head with that one I'd bet!

joecaption 10-12-2012 08:53 PM

I have flexable drill bits up to 6' long for this type of work.
A whole lot less mess.

sublime2 10-12-2012 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption
I have flexable drill bits up to 6' long for this type of work.
A whole lot less mess.

Understandable as a contractor.
But the regular diy homeowner isn't going to have a tool like that available.

joecaption 10-12-2012 09:15 PM

Any Lowes, Home Depot, electrical supply has them.

BloodyNnuckles 10-12-2012 09:58 PM

Thanks for the quick replies
 
Jim Port is correct. The wiring is perpendicular to the ceiling joists. It is also a two story home. I was thinking if the drywall was 10" in width, the drywall patch would be eaiser to handle. Also, the 10" width would give me plenty of room to work in.

oh'mike, are you talking about something like a rotozip (sp) that has a sheild that covers half the blade. I have an old rotozip that uses a drill bit looking tool. I use it for cutting circles and such. I will have to see if I can get an attachment. I was hoping to get something I could attach a shop vac to. Thanks.
BloodyNnuckles

joecaption 10-12-2012 10:04 PM

He's talking about a tool like this.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...ilating%2Btool

Look at the top left. A whole lot less dust then a Roto Zip.

MT Stringer 10-12-2012 10:05 PM

This should do the job for ya.
http://www.harborfreight.com/power-t...amp-68861.html

BloodyNnuckles 10-12-2012 10:33 PM

Neat Tool
 
joecaption and MT Stringer, Thanks for the links. I have seen these at Lowe's but never paid any attention to them. I will see if I can find a youtube video showing it cutting drywall. It looks like it might just be the ticket. Thanks to all that replied.
Best Regards,
BloodyNnuckles

joecaption 10-13-2012 07:12 AM

It's one of the most usefull tools I own, I have 2, or the Rockwell multi crafters and love them.
It goes through drywall like hot butter and has hundereds of other uses.
It would be far more accurite and at least 10 times faster then a razer knife.

MT Stringer 10-13-2012 12:02 PM

The Harbor freight model comes with a blade that resembles a half moon. It oscillates back and forth, thus cutting your drywall. A helper with a shop vac would help reduce the dust. You would be done in no time.

Good luck.
Mike


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