Flush cut at base of wall

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Old 01-20-08, 08:07 AM
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Flush cut at base of wall

I am removing and replacing a subfloor in an old bathroom and am seeking advice on the best method to cut the subfloor perpindicular and flush with the existing walls.

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Drywall getting replaced as well?
 
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Old 01-20-08, 11:10 AM
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The best thing is a reciprocating saw. That will get up closed against the wall. If you're replacing the old sub floor with the same thickness of wood, you could use a circular saw which would leave you about 1.5-2" off the wall, (depending on the saw) and fill in with new material up to the old. Thats what Im doing now for a client, then we're adding new 1/2" ply on top, throughout.
 
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Yes, I am replacing the drywall.
 
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Thank you, jatco. A reciprocating saw is one option I've considered and it should work.
 
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With the drywall gone, you should be able to cut flush to the sill plate except immediately below each stud, which could then be done with a hand saw. Not sure it's all that important to get that much out, though.
 
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The ideal tool would be an undercut saw, turned up to cut vertically instead of horizontally like it's normally used. Designed specifically for cutting right close to a surface.

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..true. If you wish to do it manually.
 
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Old 01-24-08, 04:59 AM
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..true. If you wish to do it manually.
No no - check the link - electric undercut saw (also called a jamb saw 'cause they're often used to undercut door jambs for inserting new flooring) - handy tool.
 
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Old 01-26-08, 09:38 AM
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Oh.. Ive heard of the electric undercut saw, but thought it only cut horizontially (under the jamb) - but does it/can it cut vertically? - and have the Umph to cut thru subflooring?.
Havent seen or used one!
 
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The ones I have seen used for this purpose look more like a circular saw than a grinder. Similar to this one.

An offset blade adapter for a reciprocating saw is also pretty handy for cutting flush with walls.



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Old 01-26-08, 10:36 AM
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undercut saw

funny...notice how both the links have the same brand of tool, do the same job, yet completely different styles. I'd bet the grinder style is a bit cheaper, the upright one looks purpose built.

And then of course theres this...hmmm what do you know...a flush cut saw specifically for what the OP asked....tho I think I'd have to be in business to spend that much.

http://www.tiletool.net/785.jpg
http://www.tiletool.net/Undercut_Saws.asp
 

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Old 01-26-08, 10:42 AM
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The 'this one' is the one Im familiar with.. but I do like that adapter for the recipro saw...
Very smart!
 
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xsleeper...oh cool...new toy for my wish list...can't be very much either. Wonder why that didn't show up when i first looked at yer post.
 
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Old 01-26-08, 11:51 AM
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It was an afterthought... And actually it's a little pricy for something so simplistic. $42 I think. A friend of mine has one. I'd be scared that the "tang" would break off like it sometimes does on the blades when they get stressed (bent) too much.
 
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Old 01-27-08, 06:55 PM
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Crain makes several models of "jamb saws". But in reality they are flush cutting saws and can be used vertically or horizontally. Pretty common rental center item.
 
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A little late to the party here, but I've recently used the Bosch saw at the link below for this exact same issue. One of the handiest saws I've used.
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-1640VS-F..._bxgy_hi_img_b
Best price on the saw found here at Amazon, but replacement blades from Boshc/CPO. This saw is also sold with a mitre box feature.
 
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