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Cutting drywall nicely and neatly......

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Cutting drywall nicely and neatly......

I need to cut a hole through drywall to replace an outside wall faucet (for some absurd reason, the supply is shared with the powder room sink) which froze over the winter, and I will need to leave an access hatch.

I'm not good with a drywall saw.

A plumber came over to install a new shower a few months ago and he had this power tool that seemed to use a blade that was not rotary or reciprocal.

Was it an oscillating multi-tool by any chance or is there a better solution?
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It was an oscillating tool, buy one at CT and make a few practice cuts on a scrap piece in the garage...
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Pros use a spiral saw as TrevorK said, but an oscillating multitool is just as good for straight lines and you can use it for many, many other tasks (sanding, etc.)
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Likely an oscillating multitool. Makes nice clean cuts in drywall and baseboards. You can usually find Mastercraft branded one in the range of 50-60 or a Dewalt for 80-100 via Amazon.

The blades that come with the dewalt are of much higher quality btw.
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Get a good oscillating tool. It will do a good job and cutting out drywall but you can use it a a sander, cut trim and baseboards or anything else really.

I have a bosch its one of my most useful tool around the house. https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bosch- ... 1001070419

Spend a little more than a black a decker and it will last you a lifetime.
Battery powered is nice for small jobs but for any extensive use (esp sanding) corded is better.
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Thanks all. I'll look at getting Dewalt 20v cordess as I already have batteries for it. Does tool-only mean no accessories or everything except battery/charger?

Just to verify that you can set cut depth with this tool? At least I think the one the plumber used (Mlwaukee given colour of the box he had it in) did.

Looking at gong to KMS Tools for one.
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If you use a square or even a ruler if you don't have a square, trace a nice square hole on the wall. Cut it out with a drywall saw nice and neat. Then buy a spring-loaded access hole cover that fits over top the hole. It'll cover up the rough cuts and you won't even need to buy any fancy tools.
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Dewalt tools are cheaper at IHL in Vaughan or Mississauga hardware. As for blades for cutting drywall they get work out fast. So you can use the amazon ones for it, and higher quality for wood and other stuff.
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thriftshopper wrote: Thanks all. I'll look at getting Dewalt 20v cordess as I already have batteries for it. Does tool-only mean no accessories or everything except battery/charger?

Just to verify that you can set cut depth with this tool? At least I think the one the plumber used (Mlwaukee given colour of the box he had it in) did.
I have the XR brushless Dewalt 20v, its a great tool-used often. Tool-only means no battery/charger, mine had a few blades included. There is a depth stop, basically adjustable rod that clamps onto the tool....never bothered with it.
I also own Dewalt's version of Roto Zip, rarely used since I got the oscillating tool. Far less dust with oscillating tool....what I like is how a straight line can be cut half way across a joist so the repair drywall patch is easy to install. Door jambs when installing flooring are easy to get a great fit....take a scrap piece of flooring/tile, rest the blade on it and cut the jamb perfect height.
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I just run tape around the blade to use as a depth guide. And don't be too worried about perfect cuts, the spring loaded access hatches will cover the cut lines.
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Who cares how nicely you cut it, as long as it's square. The access cover will hide it forever.

I wouldn't even bother buying a new tool if you can avoid it. Just use a pocket knife (or equilivant). 60 second job.
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