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Getting floor boards up

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by markymark2406, 19 Feb 2019.

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    I have floorboards straight across my room nailed to joists underneath, I Want to cut some of them to put pipes beneath, what’s the best method please ?
     
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    Flat multi tool saw. Did this myself last week. A doddle.
     
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    Can you send a link to a machine I need ?
     
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    I used a normal circular saw, set the depth to 25mm then cut right next to the nails.
     
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    That's how I'd do it - far, far faster than using a multi tool and a way to use up those cream-crackered old blades (or cheap Silverline ones you bought which turned out to be dreadful)
     
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    How do you avoid cutting neighbouring boards ? at least with a multi tool you can get it spot on. Also try cutting a new joint up against a stud wall with a circular saw ;)
     
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    Neighbouring boards get a small groove cut.

    I didn’t have to go close to a wall but guess I would have cut 30mm out then added a bit to the joist maybe?
     
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    Mosty of the time it really doesn't matter that much, if at all, because the floor will subsequently be covered with underlay and a carpet. Where the floor is clear lacquered I'd still use the circular saw, but stop the cut short and finish with the multitool. Multitools are very slow at this task and struggle to cut a decent straight line. The blade will also be wrecked everytime you hit a nail (and old floors can have nails, broken-off ends of screws, punched-under tacks etc in them) - so stock-up well! A circular saw blade may lose the odd tooth, but it will keep going - and with appropriate guiding a perfectly straight neat cut is easily achieved

    Never really needed to do that very much. Getting within 30mm of the wall with a floorboard running at right angles to the wall is generally sufficient, even if I have to insert a support batten afterwards. Cuts along the length of a wall? Not really advisable unless you are certain that the stud wall is supported with solid strutting/noggins between the joists, and in any case I think I'd go potty trying to get a perfectly straight cut against the skirting down, say, 10 feet of wall. It would take ages
     
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    Cut down a jigsaw blade. Make sure you have a tight grip on the saw as it may try and jump out of the cut.
     
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