I need to cut an installed laminate floor back about 1.5" from a wall. I
am wondering what would be the best tool for this. I tried a dremel
ez-lock cutoff wheel and it will work but it is very slow and burns the end
of the laminate. They make other types of cutting & shaping wheels and I
know there are vibrating tools that can be used to cut but I do not know
how any of them would work in this application.
Thanks for any help.
On Feb 22, 8:05 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Totally agree, the multitool is the way to go.
Hard to believe so many people try to do a man's work with a Dremel
boy's tool. And the Harbor Freight people have expanded their
selection of serious blade types to scoop up even more of the market
as noted in the link above. For the price/utility ratio this is a no
I'd give it a shot with it. I just wonder how well the HF blade will hold
up. Some of the laminate surfaces are very hard on blades. For instance,
one floor I installed had aluminum oxide in it's surface for surface
longevity. Had a plain steel chop saw laying around. Made about 10 cuts
then started blue smoking. Switched to a carbide blade and finished the
I've used the semi-circle wood and plastics blade to flush cut nails
and cut copper pipes. I don't think laminates will present much of a
challenge at all.
Makes nice, easily controlled, straight cuts with a very narrow kerf.
My tools of choice for this would be eye protection, a respirator (quality
dust mask), and a RotoZip with a wood bit.
Using a 1/2" board placed against the wall or baseboard your bit should cut
1 1/2" from the wall or base. Double-check your tool; mine has a one inch
offset from the guide to the bit.
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Thanks for your reply. About 10 feet total. The actual story is that the
laminate stops about 3/8" from a fireplace (gas logs) hearth. I want to
cut it back on the 3 sides far enough to install a metal track for a
transition strip plus the amount needed for the floor to move. The
transition strip will touch the hearth.
On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:58:21 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I'd use a circular saw with a fine plywood blade anyplace it'll fit
and a multi-tool (HarborFreight, Dremmel, Bosch, Fein, in increasing
cost) to finish in the corners where the circular saw won't reach.
The quickest way would be a circular saw with a fine-toothed (sacrificial?)
blade - set to the correct depth of course. Should be able to do ten feet
in, oh, 1.5 minutes.
The best way is with the Harbor Freight multi-tool. This will take somewhat
longer. Maybe twenty minutes.
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