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Offline mattmass

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Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« on: March 17, 2017, 10:47 PM »
I have to open up a wall to investigate some water damage. I'd like do do a really clean job, and re-install the cut piece drywall back in once I'm done. I'm not yet sure what size hole I need, but maybe something like 5'x2'. In the past, I've used a handheld keyhole saw for things like this. It's fine, but I've found it really hard to make straight, precise cuts.

Anyone like a Vecturo for this kind of thing? It seems like an oscillating tool could be excellent here.  Especially paired with the right blade and the plunge base. Is that setup easy to slide over longer distances? What do you all think? Yes, I am trying to justify a new tool purchase ;)

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2017, 11:37 PM »
It will work, at 5'x2' I'd use a TS-55.

Tom

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 12:19 AM »
It will work, at 5'x2' I'd use a TS-55.

Tom
. Ya' know, it shows how much fun I've had on St. Patrick's Day when I mis- read your TS-55 advice and thought, Wow, a 2" long plunged cut, that's hard to do... Oh wait ... 5 FOOT by 2 FOOT Cut, well that makes more sense.... [embarassed]
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 12:25 AM »
It will work, at 5'x2' I'd use a TS-55.

Tom
. Ya' know, it shows how much fun I've had on St. Patrick's Day when I mis- read your TS-55 advice and thought, Wow, a 2" long plunged cut, that's hard to do... Oh wait ... 5 FOOT by 2 FOOT Cut, well that makes more sense.... [embarassed]

Festool green beer?

Tom

Offline bryan1982

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2017, 12:56 AM »
Hey

I cut gyprock out att the time with a multi tool i don't have a vecturo so dont jnow about the base.

Draw a line where you want to cut and free hand it.
Just be aware how deep the blade is.  I tend to go shallow on the first cut all the way around then complete going all the way through  you can feel when its gone through.

Cheers

Bryan

Offline Alex

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2017, 03:20 AM »
I do this regularly with my MultiMaster and it is very easy to do. I prefer a round blade for this, it is easy to make straight cuts by using a straight edge along the cut line, or drawing a line and free hand it.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2017, 07:14 AM »
I've used my Multimaster which I bought 10 years ago and also my cordless RIDGID JobMax to make these types of cuts. I've tried then on occasion but always go back to using my razor knife.

But before I had either of these tools I preferred to use a razor knife over a sheetrock saw as it made less mess and was faster.

Use a straight edge and razor knife I find the easiest to cut precise openings for new wall openings for electrical boxes when installing LAN or other low voltage cabling or for new AC outlets or switches. There is next to no dust created and it takes less time than it does to setup and plug in a power tool.

Give it a try and you'll like it I think.
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Offline mattmass

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2017, 08:08 AM »
Thanks all!

A track saw is exactly what I'd reach for if the drywall wasn't already on the wall :)

I'll give the tried-and-true utility knife a shot. So much for new toys huh [crying]

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2017, 08:16 AM »
Thanks all!

A track saw is exactly what I'd reach for if the drywall wasn't already on the wall :)

I'll give the tried-and-true utility knife a shot. So much for new toys huh [crying]

Why not when drywall is on the wall?

Works on plaster on a ceiling.

Tom

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2017, 08:21 AM »
I have never tried it but just thinking about it I would not consider
using a track saw for cutting drywall. Way too messy and will kill your
blade plus you risk getting that fine dust in the motor of the saw.

If it's not hung yet then just score and snap like the pros do everyday.
Utility knife, drywall T-square, and a Surform for some fine fitting are
all I have ever needed for 95% of the work.
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Offline mattmass

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2017, 08:25 AM »
Why not when drywall is on the wall?

Works on plaster on a ceiling.

Tom

Hrm. What do use to attach the track?

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2017, 08:29 AM »
I have never tried it but just thinking about it I would not consider
using a track saw for cutting drywall. Way too messy and will kill your
blade plus you risk getting that fine dust in the motor of the saw.

If it's not hung yet then just score and snap like the pros do everyday.
Utility knife, drywall T-square, and a Surform for some fine fitting are
all I have ever needed for 95% of the work.

Cleanest cut you'll ever make in drywall (as long as it's connected to a dust extractor).

I've seen no affect from drywall on the blade, as long as you don't hit a screw.

I've cut 1000's of feet of drywall, plaster and fiber cement products (special blade for plaster and fc), no issues with the saw. I do wipe the base plate and rail down after I've used it on these products.

Tom

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2017, 08:30 AM »
Why not when drywall is on the wall?

Works on plaster on a ceiling.

Tom

Hrm. What do use to attach the track?

Screws through the holes in the ends of the tracks, clamps when possible, 2 side tape-------what ever it takes in the given situation.

Tom

Offline J0hn

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2017, 11:10 AM »
If your cutting out a piece 5' high and 2' wide, I doubt if you will get it out in one salvageable piece that you can easily reuse.

Chances are it is going to be fastened to the stud (vertically) and your going to have a horizontal joint that only has drywall tape holding the two pieces together.  (So if it is screwed down, you 'might' be able to unscrew it)

Just something to think about

Offline RobBob

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2017, 11:16 AM »
I have used my Vecturo to cut dry wall and Gladiator plastic slat wall.  Worked well cutting out for electrical outlets, pipes, etc.

I would think a Vecturo blade would have a narrower kerf than a track saw, if that matters.

Try using a round saw blade on the Vecturo but only cut half way through or so and then finish the cut with a dry wall knife.  I think you will have more control over such a large piece and won't be holding a power tool when it begins to come loose .
« Last Edit: March 18, 2017, 02:05 PM by RobBob »

Offline mike_aa

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2017, 12:09 PM »
Whatever cutting method you choose, if you are worried about hitting screws or nails, run a strong neodymium magnet slowly along your cut line before you make the cut.  It will stick to the screws and show the location.  The picture shows it sticking to an embedded drywall screw in one of our walls.  I don't remember where I got the old surplus ones I have, but you can order them in lots of different shapes and sizes from CMS Magnetics or K&J Magnetics.  This trick also works great to find nails when cutting into a wood floor.

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Offline pettyconstruction

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2017, 12:10 PM »
Like Tom said
Use a track saw, screw the track to the wall and go.
No dust also if you have a Ct

I use my Supercut all the time for drywall ,seems made for that task
Charlie


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Offline Gjarman12

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2017, 12:52 PM »
Another vote for the TS55. I have a beater blade I use for this just in case I hit something (screw/nail). Another perk is the depth of cut is easy to figure out.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2017, 01:07 PM »
Cleanest cut you'll ever make in drywall (as long as it's connected to a dust extractor).

I've seen no affect from drywall on the blade, as long as you don't hit a screw.

I've cut 1000's of feet of drywall, plaster and fiber cement products (special blade for plaster and fc), no issues with the saw. I do wipe the base plate and rail down after I've used it on these products.

Tom

Like I said never tried it but I'll take you word for it.

Just sounds like it would be hard on the saw.

But I will keep it in mind should I ever find myself in
a situation where I need to make such a cut. Thanks.
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Offline rst

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2017, 07:55 PM »
I use my Fein supercut with circular blade to cut drywall and end up with minimal dust by using the 92602075018, FEIN Dust extraction device.

Offline Holzhacker

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2017, 08:46 PM »
Fein multimaster, hand drywall saw or Trion. I use all depending on situation and what I remembered to put in the truck. If you are good at using your tools you should be fine holding the saw (whichever one) in one hand and holding the vac hose in the other hand near the blade.
I'm fine with using an upcoming job to rationalize buying a new tool. This one is a bit of a stretch though.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2017, 10:29 PM »
Anyone used a Kettsaw for drywall?

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Offline BJM9818

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2017, 09:12 PM »
I seem to be always cutting out Sheetrock to access something or un-screwup something one of my subs did.

Find studs- use level to make nice straight lines-vecturo with either a beat up wood blade. I think multiblades make a drywall specific blade also. Very cheap. While cutting hold a Vac hose in the other hand to collect as much dust as you can.

Offline Holmz

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2017, 09:52 PM »
Track saw works even better on the thick fireproof stuff. Clamp help.

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2017, 10:15 PM »
I forgot my drywall square 1050 miles away from the project I'm on. Need to install 6 sheets of 1/2 and 1 sheet of 5/8 drywall. TS-55 to the rescue.

Also cut the Kerdi board with the TS-55.

No fuss, no muss, no mess.

Tom

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2017, 07:44 AM »
With all due respect to those who posted that they use their FTs for this type of work I will say that if using AC power to do do this, there are many other tools out there at a fraction of the cost that can and will do the same job.  I don't treat my FTs like delicate flowers, but nor do I want to subject them to conditions that may shorten their service life. Gypsum is a mineral and by nature minerals are abrasive and abrasives combined with moving parts do not necessarily get along over time.

Again with all due respect, I don't see the merits in trying to salvage large pieces of drywall for reinstallation (if that's the intention), but if it's a small area, then I get it.

I have a multimaster that owes me nothing and I use it a lot for small scale demo. If it's large scale I will use a 4" grinder and vacuum and if ultimate dust collection is required, I will resort to the old fashioned way of multiple passes with a razor knife.
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Offline Holzhacker

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2017, 11:02 AM »
I really don't get this obsession by some with cutting straight lines in drywall. Using a vecturo or ts55 to cut drywall for DC I definitely understand. For a straight line, its drywall who cares. My go to is a sawzall that makes a straight enough line. You have to tape the drywall afterwards so straight or squiggly is pretty irrelevant.
I want that drywall out as fast as possible so I can do the repair behind it, slap it back in with some DB20 and keep moving.
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Offline Gjarman12

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2017, 11:48 AM »
I dont do it for a living, but it has two advantages to me. The first is the dust, the second is the speed. SO FAST. Two screws and cut. I find a track saw a lot faster then most tools for cutting lines. It's also pretty easy to set the depth and I'm not worried about what's behind so much.

Offline rizzoa13

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #28 on: August 02, 2017, 07:33 AM »
If your going to be cutting on the studs (you kinda have to in order to put up another sheet...) then your going to have screws all along your cut line.

Mark your line, knife it, your blade will bounce over the screws if youve got you line right. Remove those screws and clean up your line. Cut a new piece of drywall to fit and re-screw both sides of your cut line to the stud.

You can't tell me that running a magnet over your cut line, removing the screws and then attaching a rail to the wall is any quicker. I'd have it knifed and cleaned up before you had the saw out.

Offline Roseland

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Re: Cutting Drywall with Vecturo
« Reply #29 on: August 02, 2017, 08:45 AM »
I've done this with a MultiMaster, but not a Vecturo.

I'd recommend fixing a batten to the wall along the cut line and using this to guide the blade, pressing side of the blade down gently on the batten.  You can get a really straight cut this way.  Use the depth stop to make sure you only cut the board, and not any concealed wires or pipes.

I'd agree with checking the cut line first for nails using a magnet, and I'd also be concerned that a piece than size may be well fixed by nails in the centre of the field, but there's not a lot you can do about that.

Good luck!

Andrew

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