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Jay's Floor 5 - Aw, Cut It Out!

 

 

Anytime you start a big project, it is important to keep first things first!

 

 

 

Safety first!

 

 

 

Whoa! Everything but the knee pads?  Where are the knee pads?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whenever you are involved in a project, there are always obstacles to overcome. As I was laying this flooring, I noticed a hole in the floor! I think it was supposed to be there.

There was cold air blowing out of it.  Yepper, supposed to be there!

Actually, in this project, there will be two HVAC floor registers. While there are a variety of ways to cut out the flooring to accommodate the register over the space, you have to be careful not to cut into the metal opening.

I decided to use a tool I had used many times in the past to cut openings for drywall. But I had never used it to cut into hardwood flooring.

 

Time to try it out! Porter Cable calls this a “Cut-Out Tool.” I have always referred to it as a “zip tool.”

First, I tried a couple of test cuts to see if I could control it. And I could. So I cut it out.

You can see how not parallel to the wall this opening is. When there was carpet there it was not noticeable that the opening is not very square to the wall. But with the straight lines of hardwood flooring it will be easy to see how the register does not align with the flooring! It would have been very difficult to cut the opening in a manner that was not straight with the metal opening but straight with the lines of the floor. You can see how it looks when it is all said and done!

No, I did not work with all that “safety gear.”

Yes, I do work with very, very good knee pads.

Believe me – you have to!

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 10 commentsJay Markanich • June 28 2009 06:34AM

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Thanks for sharing your post with me this morning over a great cup of coffee. Have a fun day.

Posted by Katiejo Franks (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 9 years ago

It looks like you are ready to blow th house apart. Can I join in the fun?

Posted by Tim Green (Real Estate and Beyond LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, I agree about the knee pads---perhaps the most important----but only after ear muffs for me----can't stand listening to myself:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Katiejo - thanks!  There have been a couple before this and a few more yet to come...   enjoy!

Tim - the house is blown apart already!  I am trying to put it back together again, with all the king's horses or men.

Shadow - I find the ear muffs help hold the voices inside.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Oh---I mean the kind with music:)  How is your "text" project going?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Jay,

Just for the record, if you cannot get in the crawl space, in the future, call out that somebody else should cut the hole in the floor.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Shadow - I can get it from Word to Scribefire, but not from there to the AR site.  How's yours going?

Steve - the bigger the hole the better as far as I am concerned!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay----call me:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Jay, I have a Dremel whick works okay on small stuff. I don't think it's beefy enough to cut hardwood flooring. Fortunately I do not have duct work. I hate warm air heating!

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

James - Charlie called me and we were talking about his "key" project.  I was telling him that a Dremel would be a good deal for that key he was working on.  That's where the Dremel comments came from.  I would not think a Dremel would work for hardwood flooring!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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