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Old 11-30-2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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How do I cut trim that is on the wall?


Because I do things out of order...... I find myself needing to cut trim that I installed on my basement walls which I brought all the way down to the floor.

I need to make them shorter so that I can put in the baseboards. (They are vertical strips of trim that go all the way down)

Is there some sort of saw that I need to do this?
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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What kind of trim?

If it's small I'd use a chisel.

How is it going to interface with the baseboard? If it's thicker than the top of the base are you going to let it protrude, or do you want it to lap down over the base. The only way to do that would be to take it down and cope it.

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Old 11-30-2009, 12:23 PM   #3
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hello yummy mummy!!!

go get a dremel multimax at home depot. it is 99.00 right now. it is very comparable to the multimaster from fein. look at it and it will probably be wnat you need to do what you are after.

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its funny when i exited my reply to this, the dremel multi max ad popped up!! lol!!
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A door jamb saw of course !!
There is another name for them
The one I have comes apart into 2 pieces to fit in a tool box - flat handle



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Old 11-30-2009, 12:45 PM   #6
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If you only had one to do and you had a really good sharp chisel and knew how to use it that would work but I know I would mess it up with a chisel.

The contractors on this and other sites rave about the Fein that Kawendco mentioned. There are a boatload of knockoffs of this tool because it is now off patent. Harbor Freight has a cheap version from Chicago tools for around $40. I have no idea how well each of the knockoffs work.

Scubas hand saw is great for door jambs but if your trim is not at a doorway make sure the handle will clear the wall.

You could always carefully pry the trim off and trim it. I'd probably go that way to ensure a nice clean level cut. The Fein and hand saw work best when you can place a spacer or rest on the ground to support the saw. If you are trimming up 2-3" high it might be more difficult to get a solid spacer/rest to keep the saw level.
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Here's the cheapest, simplest method if the trim isn't too large:

Mark where you want the cut. Pry the bottom out from the wall. Cut it with a hacksaw.
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Do they make a wood blade for a hacksaw ?
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Do they make a wood blade for a hacksaw ?
The standard metal cutting blade will make a nice smooth cut through wooden trim up to 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick (depending on the wood type and the profile of the trim). The nice thing about a hacksaw is there's never any "chatter" when you start the cut.

But it woudn't work on door casing, or if you needed to be close to the floor (where the reversable door casing saws are excellent choices).
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Thanks y'all for your help.

Scuba, that is exactly what I need. Thanks for the pictures. I am off tomorrow to get one. I am taking your pic along.........

I can't believe there is a tool for everything.......
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Yummy, here are some sources
The 'Brutus' has a HD address:
http://www.thefind.com/hardware/info-undercut-saw
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