The bottom section of an already-installed tileboard panel has been
torn off and the resulting end is very ragged.
How can I cut the ragged end so it's square and even? (I want to
replace the missing section with a section of new tileboard).
(I don't have any power saws (i.e., circular-saw, jigsaws, etc)
I'm not sure what you mean by "tileboard" but if you mean a cement
board such as Durock or Wonderboard, there is a cheap and effective
hand tool for cutting it. Go to the big box home improvement store to
where they have the cement board, and ask for a carbide scoring tool.
It's basically a bit of carbide with a handle, cost around $10. You
drag it along the board to create a score line. If the board were not
mounted you could score and snap, as you would with drywall using a
utility knife. But since it's already mounted, you can just score
repeatedly until you score all the way through. The tool works well
on plaster walls, too. -- H
The panel is made by Decorative Panels International (DPI)
The label says: 1/8" embossed tileboard
Model #627 - Design: "Toned White". (The face has shiny white
squares; the back is tempered hardboard)
The "application instructions" say the (un-installed) panel can be cut
with a fine-toothed handsaw. But how do I cut the panel that's
already stuck on the wall?
The orange angle grinder (4.5") from harbor freight is $18 with the coupon
(or $20 on sale right now). A segmented diamond blade for said angle
grinder is fifteen bucks.
The problem is that cement backer board releases a lot of silicone dust when
it is cut by a power tool, so you would need to isolate the work area, wear
a respirator (safety goggles, hearing protection, old colthes) and clean up
Oh okay, I gotcha, that laminated stuff. I'd use a straightedge and several
new razor blades in a good razor blade knife. Hold the straightedge
securely and keep cutting passes (away from your fingers) until you make it
through. Flip the blades and replace them frequently - they are a
consumable item. It's gonna take a lot of passes, so be patient.
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