Today we have been working with our contractor, who happens to be a friend and neighbor, to do some finish work in our newly remodeled master bathroom. When we built our home in 1984 our bathroom was an open style, with a pony wall and full wall dividing the bathroom from the bedroom. When we enclosed it with an arched door, we needed to install a bathroom vent to meet current building codes.
There is some disagreement about the need for this, our contractor said a bathroom with a window meets code, but the municipality of Anchorage said in Alaska all bathrooms need to have a fan vented to the outside to meet code. We decided to be safe and install one.
That is easier said than done, since the sheet rock on the ceiling was already in place. I watched our contractor use his “Dry Wall Saw” to cut a hole in the ceiling of our bathroom. Wow. Talk about sharp!! This saw has a deeply serrated saw blade, and it cuts in dual directions, while pushing and pulling the saw through dry wall.
He measured the ceiling light/fan, and cut out a square in the ceiling with his dry wall saw, precisely the size to allow the fixture to fit, but not large enough to warrant any dry wall patching.
This saw has a very sharp and pointed tip (with a beveled type look), and it cuts right through dry wall. It gets the cut started so you can easily saw through it. He cut that hole out in no time!
Then he needed to cut a hole in our wall to connect the wiring to an electrical outlet, and again made a perfect cut with the sheet rock saw. I’m sure that using this saw takes some practice, but it cut extremely straight, and left no ragged edges from the paper that is on the front and back of the sheet rock.
This is a dangerous looking tool, but it has a handle that allows you to hold it securely. It looks like a molded plastic, but it has two grooves of sorts where your fingers rest. It also has flared section near where the blade meets the handle, that acts almost like a sheath, again protecting your hand from the sharp blade, and giving you more control over your sawing motion.
The saw blade is made of high quality carbon steel, with “diamond ground” teeth. It measures about a foot in length, and has a hole at the end of the handle. Our contractor has a piece of rawhide tied to through the hole, so he can hang it up or put the loop over his wrist while using it.
If you ae a contractor, or just the weekend do it yourselfer, there may be times when you need to cut into your sheet rock, and when you do I highly recommend the Rockeater Drywall Saw. It can be purchased for as low as $15.00, and is well worth the price. No other tool works as well on drywall as a sheet rock saw.