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Use the Right Blade
- For cutting through metal pipes and nails, use a fine-tooth blade resembling a hacksaw.
- When cutting through wood, use a coarse blade.
- Use the coarsest-tooth blade to cut through plaster.
- Some blades are toothless. They’re coated with tungsten carbide abrasive grit; use them for cutting stone, ceramic tile and cast iron when doing work like kitchen demolition.
Suck Out Insulation
Tearing down a drywall ceiling is not a super-pleasant experience, but tearing down a ceiling that has 14 in. of blown-in insulation on top of it is a complete nightmare. Avoid that gigantic mess by sucking out all the insulation in the attic before pulling down any drywall.
The huge vacuum required for the job costs about $220 a day to rent, but if your local rental center doesn’t carry them, call an insulation contractor in your area. Many blow-in insulation installers also have the equipment to suck out the insulation. But this service isn’t cheap: Expect to pay about $1 to $1.50 per sq. ft. You might be able to get a deal if you use the same company to blow in the new insulation. Make sure your insulation is fiberglass or cellulose. If you even suspect there’s vermiculite insulation in the attic, get an expert opinion before touching the stuff—it could contain asbestos.