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Old 11-29-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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My house is approaching 100 years of age, and one of the floors is buckling up something fierce. I've cut through the congoleum and removed the bucking up boards. They look like the view from the top of a roller coaster. Really twisted. I see other places where this is starting and it seems it will be impossible to get the floor back down level across the room. I'm thinking of taking the floor out down to the joists and coming back with 5/8 or 3/4" plyboard after I level the floor with 2x10,s scribed to the old joists. I'm pretty sure this will have be done in at least one other room.

An electric flush cut saw seems like a good purchase to cut the flooring away from the wall. Central Tool has one for about $75 which is about as cheap as I can rent a tool.

Any suggestions or comments on the project or on the saw?

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Old 11-29-2009, 04:23 PM   #2
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trim saws are better to cut finished wood such as door jams. I would use a sawsall to cut the flooring

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Old 11-30-2009, 09:28 AM   #3
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Didn't think about the sawzall. Guess I was hoping for a neater more controlled cut.

I one of the reviews I read for the trim saw said that there was a learning curve because of the distance from the motor to the blade. I do need to get this right the first time, so the sawzall with the right blade may be the best way to go.

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Didn't think about the sawzall. Guess I was hoping for a neater more controlled cut.

I one of the reviews I read for the trim saw said that there was a learning curve because of the distance from the motor to the blade. I do need to get this right the first time, so the sawzall with the right blade may be the best way to go.

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The toekick saw you referenced really is the saw for the job at hand. Just not sure how well the cheapo will hold up. I've got a commercial toe kick saw very similar & even though I don't use it but a dozen times a year, on those 12 times, I'm really glad to have it. Surely the cheapo would hold up for one job, wouldn't it?

There's no way I'd want to cut the entire length of 4 walls with a sawzall.
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I have a Bosch flush cut saw. Cost about $100. Blades are about $12. I love the saw.
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I'd use a Sawzall. Of course I have used one a lot.
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I'd use a Sawzall. Of course I have used one a lot.
So have I. But would you please explain to me how a sawzall is a better tool to cut 40-50' compared to a small circular saw blade that will cut flush right up against the wall. I can be all the way around the room in less than 10 minutes. While on the subject, how do you use it to cut up under a toe kick?

Here's the saw I believe the original poster is refering to.

I've got a crain, but they're basically the same design. Mines just gonna last a lot longer.

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