Recipricating saw blades for plaster

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by shluffer, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. shluffer

    shluffer New Member

    I'm taking down a whole bunch of plaster with wire mesh under it. Any suggestions as to which blades I should use?

    I'm thinking about trying the diablo blades for metal. I figure at $3 the experiment isn't that bad if it fails.

    The other option is a carbide blade. They are rather expensive, should do well on plaster, but I'm not sure how they would do on the mesh. at $9 a piece I'm not sure I want to burn through a bunch of them.
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  2. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    I recently cut a hole in a tiled bathroom wall, and I did that with a masonry cutoff wheel that had no trouble getting on through the expanded-steel mesh behind it. In my own experience, nothing with teeth is going to hold up well in plaster.
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    San Diego
    Just buy a LOT of blades, and be prepared for a LOT of dust!!!!!!!
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Caarbide blades do not have teeth, so they cut slowly. A blade with about 18 tpi should cut the metal and still go through the plaster.
  5. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    You bet! I recently used my "sawzall" to cut through a major infestation of roots while trenching down to replace a sewer line, and your plaster on top of the mesh is going to be even tougher on blades than was my dirt around those roots.
  6. Agu

    Agu New Member

    Tampa, FL
    You might consider this a good excuse to get an angle grinder and the appropriate blades. The grinder will be messier but the time saved will offset the cleanup time. I don't have an angle grinder but after watching a couple of the people in the trades use them it's my next choice for nasty cutting jobs.


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