Friend is removing his flooring but the underlayment he wanted to remove go
under the walls. So far all he could do is going around the rooms with a
circular saw leaving about 2" underlayment sticking out from all the walls.
Is there a tool that could cut the 1/4" plywood underlayment flush to the
walls all around the house without burning itself up?
Amen. And, when you're done, you'll have a tool you can use for strange
and common jobs for the next twenty plus years. Great tool. Not cheap.
who used his for a bathroom remodel, tile trimming and PVC DWV pipe
I just finished laying about 1,500 sf of laminate flooring on one house and
on my second carbide blade on the sliding miter saw and also second carbide
blade on the table saw. So its about 2 to 3 carbide blades for one project.
(the old blade still works but it just chip the laminates) Over the past few
years I've warn out stacks of carbide blades and even manage to burn out my
Skil HD77. I'm on my second Skil - great saw.
Cutting underlayment is also cutting into staples and nails as part of the
process and I don't know if any carbide blades will take this kind of usage
for too long.
Does the underlayment actually go under the walls, or is it a baseboard?
My guess is that it's a baseboard and if so, it should be removed for both
taking the old underlayment out and installing the new floor??
the recommendation for the fein is not a bad one- the tool will be
useful to you for many things. for the application at hand it will be
slow, although it will produce a very nice result.
there are other options, however:
You can use a toekick saw to cut it free. It's essentially a small
circular saw with a 2 3/4-inch-diameter carbide-tipped blade mounted on
an extended arbor. You won't find this saw at a home center... check
with a local tool rental yard or a company that supplies tools to the
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# Fred # wrote: > Is there a tool that could cut the 1/4" plywood underlayment flush to the
That's what I used. Much faster and easier than the Fein saw. The Fein is
a good tool but what a pain to do a whole room with one.
The rental is a good suggestion unless, like me your a tool junkie!
I was thinking about of getting one of this. I heard one contractor got hurt
using it - no depth control and runs away if you don't have a firm grip on
it - and ended up in the emergency hospital. Is it that dangerous or
something you just get use to it? I have no problems operating chainsaws,
table or radial arm saws.
Although I'm a big fan of the Fein (and it would be great for something
like this -- even for the whole house) another, safe possibility would
be to use one of those roto-zip abominations, with a 45-degree guide
and a longish bit. Set it up so it penetrates just the subfloor when
at the (guided) 45 degree angle, and zip away. When (not if) you run into a
nail, just change out the bit. Much cheaper than the fein blades. Of
when you're done with the house, just throw the whole thing away.
It'll likely be toast, but if you find it at a yard sale or ebay, you won't
out much money.
A Dremel would die within a couple of hours. I burned up a brand new
XPS Dremel earlier this year cutting up laminate. I literally bought
it, burned it out, then returned it in a single day. I even used it
according to the manual.
I exchanged it for a new one, but now I don't use it for anything more
than cutting the heads of screws and the like. We had an older one
where I used to work, and it was nigh bulletproof.
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