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Forum topic by ToolCrib posted 01-15-2007 07:15 PM 3250 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ToolCrib

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01-15-2007 07:15 PM

Hey Jocks,

Here is another question from our of our site users. His name is Dick.

“I need to saw out the floor plate in a cold air return.

Normally, the entire space is cut out for the cold air to flow. However, my contractor only drilled a series of holes and now I need to saw out the wood between the holes. The drywall is installed on both sides so I must reach through the cold ir register.

What type of saw would you suggest?

I was thinking a keyhole saw. Is there a power or air saw that is small enough to get within the 3.5 inch wall and cut out the wood?”

Thanks for your help. :)

Adam

-- Editor, www.ToolCrib.com


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-16-2007 03:27 PM

You may have to go the old fashion way, by using a hammer, & chisel.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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ToolCrib

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#2 posted 01-17-2007 08:47 PM

I got some more info from Dick. He also sent some images.

“Attached is a picture of what the plate looks like. I held the camera in the wall cold air return looking down between the wall studs. The space that I have to work in is the 3.5 inches by the 13 inches between the studs. There is not enough space to get a sawsall inside the wall to saw between the holes. Also the ceiling below has drywall so I cannot saw from below. I have also attached a picture of the hole in the wall for the vent.

I appreciate the suggestions. In order to saw the plate, the saw would have to fit between the walls and reach down to the plan which is about 10-12 inches below the opening for the vent”

Thanks for your help!




-- Editor, www.ToolCrib.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 01-17-2007 08:53 PM

I don’t suppose there’s enough room to get a small drill in there and drill a series of holes?
You could use a small powered screw driver wth a drill bit on it maybe.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 01-17-2007 11:30 PM

Looks like the contractor knew what he was doing. Air flows through a round hole as well as a square one. You probably have plenty of air flow for a return.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-17-2007 11:32 PM

Good thinking Dennis!!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Don

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#6 posted 01-18-2007 12:08 AM

I agree, leave it. I’m sure you will get reasonable air-flow through the large holes he’s drilled. I very much doubt that he expected anyone to enlarge the opening after the drywall was installed.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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ToolCrib

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#7 posted 01-18-2007 12:12 AM

Dennis, Dick,

I emailed Dick with your replies and told him he should join up. :)

Thanks again for your help.

-- Editor, www.ToolCrib.com

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ToolCrib

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#8 posted 01-18-2007 02:25 AM

Don,

I hadn’t seen your reply yet when I posted.
Thanks to you as well. :)

-- Editor, www.ToolCrib.com

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bigpops0259

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#9 posted 01-18-2007 02:38 AM

Hi, Craftsman makes a approx 10” long air saw made for metal work, but they also make wood cutting blades that fit it, But i don’t see the need to remove the medium if it’s a cold air return.

-- Marty Ohio

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ToolCrib

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#10 posted 01-23-2007 04:19 AM

Here is the final word from Dick on your feedback.

“I wanted to let you know that Frank Chaffee’s (from familywoodworking.net) suggestion is probably going to work. He suggested a Fein MultiMaster. I tried one over the weekend and it seems to do the job,

Thanks for all your help and suggestions.

Dick”

Thanks for all your help guys.

Adam

-- Editor, www.ToolCrib.com

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