I have never cut drywall before (my house is entirely wood- log walls,
pine interior) but tomorrow I am helping a neighbor cut into his
drywalled basement to install a cherry door I made for them. The
basement walls are poured concrete with 1/4 inch plywood lathing
attached to the concrete studs. The drywall is fastened to this
lathing and I need to attach some substantial framing material
(scabbing it) to the sides of concrete studs so I can lag screw the
door hangers in place.
Anyway, following lengthy this introduction, would it be better to use
a knife to cut the drywall or should I (could I) use my Fein tool?
Would a Fien , or similar tool produce too much dust? Again, I have
not had to cut drywall so this is a new procedure for me. (And if I
did cut drywall before, sadly, I can not remember ever doing it).
Thanks in advance for your suggestions,
Woodduck present at this time, he's downstairs on his living room
Hey Jack and Frozen,
Thanks for your input. I'll just use the utility knife and keep the
dust (and expensive blade damage ) to a minimum. I guess this stuff
scores and snaps away very easily.
I have used the high-speed steel semi-circular sawblade on my Fein
during an entire build of my office and showroom. Obviously, the long
straight cuts were done with the ol' score'n'snap routine using a
If you are talking about the wood-cutting thin blades, I can't
comment. The HS, however, is holding up fine.
I've found that the wood blades are quickly dulled and easily damaged
by anything that's not wood, including MDF. The wood / metal E-cut
blades have been very durable, in my experience.
I use the Fein in many places where I used to use other power cutting
tools and want to trade slightly slower progress for easier cleanup or
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I have cut dry wall on many occasions with the e-cut metal cutting blade.
Works great, like a hot knife through butter. There will be little dust if
you keep a vac hose near the blade.
If you were cutting free standing dry wall a knife would be the way to go,
score one side and break the piece but in confined and fixed locations the
Fein has the finesse.
I just came back from the job and I used the utility knife, scoring
along pencil lines laid out with a level. Very little dust was
produced and I now have a good opening to attach the wood supports for
the lag screws. The homeowner said he thinks he could easily reattach
the drywall panels I cut out. Once that is done I'll be able to hang
the door hardware. Still, I had the Fein ready if needed, but that
stuff cuts like cardboard.
Not bad working at your neighbor's house. It's close, and there's
always free food and coffee.
Thanks again for all suggestions,
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