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Old 10-24-2010, 09:42 PM   #1
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I am in the process of removing a load bearing wall and have engineered drawings for my project. The house is fairly recent 1990 construction, basement, first (ground) and second floor. The mod is on the first floor and I was wondering what is the best way to cut the 2x10 joists all the way to the 2nd floor subfloor. A circular saw first followed by a jigsaw will leave me with an 1.5'' left to cut, if I use the reciprocating saw for that final 1.5" I am not guaranteed a good cut, I need 1/8" between the beam and the joist for the joist hanger installation. I was wondering is there a way to have a good clean precise cut all the way to the top?

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try a Pull saw? or a handsaw?

Some times the old fashioned ways work best.

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I thought of that I will have to see if there is enough space given that my joists are 12" o.c, but this type of installation must be done quite often there must be a more efficient way, in my case I have about 40 to do...it's not that I am lazy or anything not quite sure the saw will work in such a tight space/awkward working position
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A sort handled hand saw with a sharp blade will be very efficient. The key is the sharp blade, any doubts take it to a shop where they can professionally sharpen it. Using power tools upside down can be awkward and dangerous, be careful. Using a sharp handsaw upside down is fine.
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I will definetely give the hand saw an honest effort, however has anyone done this type of installation, surely I am not the first to remove a load bearing wall and recess the support beam...anyone have another alternative to the hand saw?

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Chain saw might work. They come in electric now.
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I will definetely give the hand saw an honest effort, however has anyone done this type of installation, surely I am not the first to remove a load bearing wall and recess the support beam...anyone have another alternative to the hand saw?

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Circular saw and finish the cut with a sawzall. Just cut nice and slow with the sawzall and follow the line on both dies.
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For anyone interested I found the most precise way to get the job done was with a tool exactly like the one Fein makes but a lot les expensive by King. Bosch and Dremmel also make one, I did not think the oscillating action couples with those blades would cut through my joists but it did quite easily and gave me quite a precise cut!

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