Friends, I know this is off-topic but this group has people who know things.
I need to cut out a small square piece of plywood around a toilet that was water damaged. What's the perfect tool for this job?
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 12:42:26 PM UTC-4, Michael wrote:
You could try a plunge cut with a circular saw.
Set the saw for the depth of the plywood or slightly less. Cut out most of the wood and then use a chisel or multi-function tool or any other appropriate tool
to remove what ever is left so you can lift the piece out.
The depth that you set the saw depends on what is directly under the plywood.
If you have to avoid cutting into it at all costs, then go shallow and then
carefully go deeper with a different tool.
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10:00:31 AM UTC-7, DerbyDad03 wrote:
That's easy and effective. The smaller the saw diameter, the less work will be required at the
corners. Beware nails, of course; a 'remodeling' saw blade would be good, it'll take no damage
if it does hit a nail.
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 12:54:45 PM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
Leon, Derby and Whit3rd,
It's a tight space so I could use a circular saw but I think the multi-master might be the better option because I can see so many uses for it as I fix stuff around the house.
I have two questions about the multi-master:
1) I prefer corded power tools except for my drill. Is the multi-master like the drill in that you use it in so many ways that a cordless just makes more sense?
2) Is there a massive difference between the Fein and the DeWalt? Is it one of those tools where the extra 100 really makes all the difference?
My vintage Fein is one of the most versatile tools I own, to the point
it is always in my truck ... when you need it, nothing else will do.
Personally I would buy the corded version ... it is not a tool you use
every day, and, as above, when I need it I don't want to be dealing with
how much juice is left in a battery in a tool that has been sitting
around since the last use.
My helper/working buddy, tired of always going to get _my_ Fein out of
_my_ truck, bought the Home Depot Rigid model for himself a few months
back. So far so good, for $99.
A price which, makes it easy to replace when it grows legs on a job site.
If I had to replace the Fein, I would probably go with the Bosch or DeWalt.
Also know a couple of tradesman who are using the HF model ... for
limited use, might be all you need.
Basically, let your budget and intended use (and where you will use it)
be the deciding factor.
I'm not a tradesman but I disagree. I have both corded (Dremmel) and
cordless (Bosch) Fein clones. I never use the Dremmel. I have a
bunch of 12V (or 10.8V, if you think they're lying ;-) batteries that
I keep charged, so they're always available. LiIons don't have a
significant self-discharge, so that's not an issue. IMO, if you have
trouble keeping cordless drill batteries charged, you probably
shouldn't use any cordless tools. Otherwise, they're great.
Nothing was said about cordless drill batteries, those get used almost
daily. The multimaster, 20~30 times in 10 years.
And you do have a valid point, but in 15 years the Dremel will still be
working but probably not the batteries you have in the Bosch now.
Nothing against cordless, but long term, cordless tends to need to be
replaced because of obsolete batteries while the tool itself is still in
good shape. If you buy a decent multitool the tool is likely to never
need to be replaced unless you can't find batteries for it.
And unfortunately I don't believe that any one rebuilds Li-Ion which is
more and more the battery being sold with new tools.
Personally I am more inclined to buy cordless if I use it a lot, daily
in the shop, "if" cordless is more convenient. But so far I have only
bought cordless drills/impacts for the last 30 or so years.
In 1983 I bought a Makita right angle cordless, 7.2 volt. It was great
and much like a multimaster it got me out of jams, but not a tool that I
would use every day. I finally got rid of it, the chuck had not a spec
of tarnish or rust on it but I could not justify replacing the battery
after 29 years. My Festool drill has a right angle attachment that I
use on occasion and I am glad that I have it. ;~)
Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. The battery technology is the
same, so self-discharge isn't an issue. In my case, my 12V drill,
driver, and impact driver, use the same batteries as the twitcher.
Probably not but I'll be out of a bunch of drills, too. The Dremel
will probably still be working because it never has. ;-)
If I replaced the Dremel, it would probably be with a Fein. Their
price has dropped a *lot* and the package isn't a bad deal anymore.
That said, if there is a real choice of a cordless tool and corded,
I'll take the cordless every time.
I believe you're right. Liability is a huge problem with LiIons.
Aftermarket has the problem in spades.
I have cordless circular saws, as well. The little Makita paid for
itself when I resided our VT house. It could even be used to cut trim
on the ladder. I later bought the Dewalt but the batteries aren't
I also have a RA Makita, somewhere. Hmm, I guess it is over 20 years
old. I've replaced the battery when I've had need of the saw (not for
the drill). They aren't all that expensive. I never really liked the
drill, though. It's kinda wimpy and slow. It did have its uses.
I'll agree that li-ion does hold its charge very well and for a long time.
But you always have the day when the battery simply poops out in the case.
I have a Bosch impact, 18 volt Li- ion. I seldom use it but it always had
juice in the battery and I always tried to recharge it before putting it
away for 6-9 months. Then one day I opened the case and the battery was no
longer useable. Fortunately I got a new generic from Batteries Plus for
about $25. Like the original the amp rating was 1.2. IIRC.
Ohhhhhh. :-). I thought Drexel might be better than the HF version.
Yeah the Fein is really a decent deal these days. I believe I paid in the
$300+ range for mine many years ago. Any I would love to have the tool-less
version when changing attachments on simply readjusting the angle of an
From what I understand it is very important to test and match the cells
which I understand is time consuming. A handful of brand new Li-ion cells
do not necessarily work well together.
so it was only good for drilling ut to about 1/4" diameter. As little as
I used it I would recharge the battery every time I pulled it out. Oddly
the battery could be recharged enough to drill a hole or two for 20+ years.
There's also the Festool. ;-) Nice attachments for it, but I don't
think so. I don't use it often enough.
I have problems with gout in my middle fingers[*], along with trigger
fingers. I wouldn't notice the difference because I'm not likely to
do any woodworking when it's acting up. It's hard to control tools
when you can't bend the middle fingers.
[*]"I can't bend my finger, honest! I'm not saluting you."
Used my today on OSB and 2x8s in an attic to put in a fold down staircase.
I believe I posted an extension review on it, in here. Quietness, lack
of vibration, and the soft-start were all high praises from me.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
"Personally" being the operative word, I agree ... mainly because it
would be both unreasonable, and futile, for me to disagree with your
actual, personal experience. ;)
For the OP's benefit, my rationale for recommending the tailed tool in
this case basically boils down to the ratio of actual use versus time in
storage for that particular type of tool.
I don't have a problem keeping my half dozen "cordless drill batteries"
charged as they spend about 50% of their existence out of storage and in
However the tool in question, while admittedly indispensable when it is
needed, in reality will spend a good 98% of it's life in storage conditions.
And, in my case personally, in an environment (Texas), where prolonged
exposure to heat unarguably reduces battery life.
Just my tuppence when it comes to grabbing a specific tool whose use is
generally of rare, but urgent, nature.
>> Basically, let your budget and intended use (and where you will use
>> it) be the deciding factor.
Repeated for clarification ...
The extra $100 vs the HF model really does make all the difference. I
have the Bosch and love it, but the HF gets more use... Mainly because I
donated the HF to the club "in case we need it" and we've needed it a
The Dremel Saw Max is a potentially handy thing to have around, if you're
doing cuts best suited to the circular saw but have clearance issues.
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