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Old 02-09-2013, 04:16 PM   #16
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I don't know, have never used one,but do know they have a wide varitey of blades for different applications,so my guess would be yes,someone will be along that know's for sure.

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Believe it or not---Harbor freight makes a good one for about $40 on sale----nice tough tool and the blades are relatively cheap----

If you want a name brand--Bosch makes a good one----Dremmel over heats---
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:43 PM   #19
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Thanks Carrwood and oh'mike. I am getting into it now. My buddy at HD quietlty turned me on the Harbor Freight for a Multi Tool and elsewhere have seen some good reviews of it and especially for the price. I cut a piece out of the backer board with my old Dremmel to compare with today's backer board and make sure I get the same stuff and am off to he HD and perhaps Harbor Freight.
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Good luck---I use that thing for a lot of tasks----you will like it----
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:26 AM   #21
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Good luck---I use that thing for a lot of tasks----you will like it----
I picked up the Dremmel model because I wanted to get the job done and time and gas is worth a few bucks. That and the brand may last a bit longer. Forgot what Mike said about the Dremmel overheating, but I doubt I would use any brand, even Harbor Freights, enough to wear one out.

I tested it on the Hardie Backer Board and it worked fine. Got little done as I noticed that one of the hold down bolts for the toilet in that BR was sheared off. So I pulled the toilet and replaced the bolts and wax ring. I was concerned that their may have been some leaking around there but it looks good.

I only had a few minutes to experiment with the Multi Tool and it is slick. I only wish they had a blade to cut tile, but there is one for the old basic Dremmel.

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There is a diamond blade available-----I use it for grout----never tried it for tile---
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There is a diamond blade available-----I use it for grout----never tried it for tile---
I got a Dremmel "Carbide Rasp" for taking the lumps of grout down to the level of the tile suface. The kid at HD said I could do what I needed with the free sanding attachment that came with the Dremmel. He was right, the course paper took it down real quick.

I saw the carbide bits for cutting grout. There are two thicknesses. 1/16 and 1/8. Down the road I will need one, but not yet and I may get one on sale.

Meanwhile I got a plunge blade for metal/wood, another wood plunfe blade, and a wood blade that is supposed to emulate a small circular saw. It was a kit for a good price and I will use them..

A kid gave me an idea on how to reglate my depth by placing several layers of tape on the side of the blede to prevent me from cutting down into the OSX when I cut the Hardie Backer.

Meanwhile, why I am in there making a mess, I pulled the toilet and am basically replacing its working parts, seals, and wax ring. I took it off to ensure that the subflooiring on that part of the BR was dry. Enough of that. I got some help with this on the DIY chatroom plumbing board.
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I got sidetracked with some plumbing issues. First I pulled and replaced the wax rings for the toilet in the BR - which allowed me to inspect the flooring around the flange. Then I spent some time playing with the kitchen sink, which had several problems of which all are waiting for free parts from Price Pfister.

I did some neat cutting with that multi tool and confiremd where that the jouists under that upper Bath Room floor run parallel to the tub. Also, to do the job well , I figured out that I should remove one other tile running along that wall AND I need to access things from underneath. That means gutting the first follor ceiling and it just so happens that means removing a ceiling/wall cabinet in the laundry room. The nice part about that is I needn't be to particular about my drywall patch job as it will be covered when I replace the cabinet.

For now my family insists I take a day off.

I love that multi tool. Thanks guys. I need to save money and do things myself. Yesterday, my son got his acceptance to medical school and we need every penny we can hustle up. (I know I am bragging but I thought the kid was dreaming the impossible dream when he started applying.)
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Been doing a few other things, why I pondered if I wanted to try to fix this through the first floor ceiling. I decided not to because there is a large wall cabinet hung just under the area and I din't want to remove it if I didn't have to.

The truth is I didn't really understand oh'mikes suggestions until I went back and read thim this morning in the light of what I had observed from poking in this corner and that. Because the water damage was a tad more extensive than I thought, I decided that I had to remove the next tile in line along the tub.

I took some pictures since I have a qustion about the manner in which the tiles were laid.

I used that multi tool to remove the base board, by first removing the grout between the board and tile and then using the flush cut metal blade to get behind the boards and cut the brads. One reason I went to the bother is I wanted to see how easy it would be to revove the bb all around the bath room, since I may want it sitting on the tile.

If you will take a look at the picture of where the second tile was removed, is that trowled stuff thinset? It looks like the gout to me. But a trace of it was under the corner tile that I recall. I believe white stuff was under that tile.

The joists appear to be 2x8 on 16 centers spaced with 2x10 blocks. The blocks are even with the top of the joists but drop below the joist bottome by 2"

Maybe I will get this done tomorrow, when I get back from the range. Thanks for the help.
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White thinset----many tile setters use white----the dark colored thinset is more difficult to clean off the edge of the tiles (squeeze out)

I see you are enjoying that Multi tool------save all worn out blades to use as scrapers---caulk cutters----thinset removers--

My assistant uses the angle grinder to cut new teeth into dead blades for removing thinset squeeze up---
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White thinset----many tile setters use white----the dark colored thinset is more difficult to clean off the edge of the tiles (squeeze out)

I see you are enjoying that Multi tool------save all worn out blades to use as scrapers---caulk cutters----thinset removers--

My assistant uses the angle grinder to cut new teeth into dead blades for removing thinset squeeze up---
I here you on saving the old blades. so far I have used up two bladesI think it will be some work taking that thinet down. I plan on using the dremel rasp blade for that.

This job has grown, but not gotten out of hand. What you would knock out in 2 hours is will take me a total of about 20 (to get all the bad wood out I am removing a total of 4 tiles). I think my fix will outlast the rest of the floor.
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Those little repairs do take time---trying to find a pro to do a repair is very hard to do----

I seldom do repairs----to much time is involved----but I do go to look---

an angle grinder is a handy tool for jobs like yours----with a diamond blade-----I'm not suggesting you buy one---but they are well worth the $25--or so for a cheap one----fitted with a wire brush--it would be worth the money if you only used it to clean the bbq grill----
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Those little repairs do take time---trying to find a pro to do a repair is very hard to do----

I seldom do repairs----to much time is involved----but I do go to look---

an angle grinder is a handy tool for jobs like yours----with a diamond blade-----I'm not suggesting you buy one---but they are well worth the $25--or so for a cheap one----fitted with a wire brush--it would be worth the money if you only used it to clean the bbq grill----
The tool rental guy at HD suggested one of those for cutting a couple of tiles instead of renting a wet saw. I may look into getting one at Harbor Freight instead of renting one for $35 for 4 hours.

I can see how a pro would lose his ass doing a small job like this, if he was going to charge for the time it takes to due the job right.
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Yep----I doubt if any tile setter is thrilled to get a call that starts with," I just have one loose tile,,,,,,,,"

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