OK, I'm doing some repairs on a shed built by the previous owner of this
It uses the garage as one wall, and most of the shed wall on one end had
to be replaced. So I'm in the process of putting in a new stud on the
outside of the garage wall (it's a rig, there's another post on that).
The siding is in two sections, one from the sill to the top plate, and
the other filling from there to the rafters. The part going to the
rafters was in fine shape, so I left it be along with the existing top
plate. Trouble is that the end nearest the garage wasn't actually
attached to anything except the now missing rotted studs. But it was
closer than an inch and a half to the garage wall so there was no way to
get anything behind it to attach to the garage structure. So I needed
to trim that out to let a 2x8 slide behind it.
My first thought was "sawzall" but it won't fit close enough to the wall
to get a straight shot. Then I realized that I had the perfect tool for
that job, the Multimaster. So stuck one of the bimetal blades in (there
were a couple of nails that might need to be cut and would certainly be
hit), held a cut off end of 2x4 up for a guide, set the blade flat
against the 2x4, and sawed away. Of course that only got through part
of 1 2x4 (there are two) but it cut away enough that I could pry the
nails out (the heads were between the two 2x4s--pulling them was not an
option). Once they were out, I needed to trim the rest and the
Multimaster didn't have enough reach. So out comes the Japanese
handsaw, and that made short work of the rest (it could have done the
whole job but it's an expensive saw and I didn't want to risk buggering
it up on the nails).
Result, perfect fit. Once those pieces are strong-tied to the new
board, they're going to be properly supported for the first time in the
history of that wall.