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Old 05-01-2014, 07:04 PM   #1
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What would you use to rip part of a fiberglass shower flange off. I want to do it fast but don't want to bust it.

I figured a circular saw would work as long as I would take it slow and make sure I was at full speed before contacting the workpiece.

I screwed up and grabbed a 32" tub with surround instead of a 30" and now I'm improvising....
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:08 PM   #2
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I bet a skil saw would work fine. Finish blade (more tpi the better). Jig saw would make less dust though.

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or angle grinder with cut-off blade.
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I bet a skil saw would work fine. Finish blade (more tpi the better). Jig saw would make less dust though.
Yeah, I was thinking that all that fiberglass turned to dust might be a bad idea for the lungs, not to mention being itchy the rest of the day.
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Any of the above would work. I wonder if fiber cement shears would do the trick? No dust that way. Either way, you've probably spent more time thinking about it than it's going to take to cut it with and of those tools. I do the same thing....
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I would be leary of a skil saw. If you do, use as fine a tooth blade as you can and support the cut with a piece of ply.
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Track saw with a 48 tooth blade, connected to a dust extractor. Secure rail with the FS Rapid Clamp.

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I'd probably try an oscillating multi tool first. Might be a bit slower, but probably do the job fairly quickly and with a little more control and less chance of grabbing and breaking off a chunk. Plus less airborne dust.
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I've used both a jigsaw and a grinder with a diamond wheel to cut fiberglass. With both though I held the shopvac hose right at cut as I was cutting to catch the dust.


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Now you're talkin. I think that would work real good.
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Either way, you've probably spent more time thinking about it than it's going to take to cut it with and of those tools. I do the same thing....
Probably, but I really don't want to screw it up and I just love coming on here and picking everyone's brain finding better ways to fix mistakes.
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Now you're talkin. I think that would work real good.
Plus none of the other options involved festool.
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or angle grinder with cut-off blade.
That's not a bad way.
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Grinder with a diamond blade.

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Covers the smell of the burning fiberglass right up....Like you werent even cutting.
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if you hot glue a strip of masonite on the back and cut thru it and the surround with a skilsaw, it's less likely to break off a piece.
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Roughly 0% chance of cracking with a drywall route if you don't push hard. It's slow, the bits will gum up. but you don't have to support it. If you use an improvised guide, you can get a really straight cut. Otherwise, high RPMs, fine teeth, and a reversed blade are your friends - circ saw or angle grinder with reversed metal blade or ply blade.

Frankly, I tend to break thin plastic stuff of any kind if what I'm using has teeth.
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At this rate we'd be better off meeting at a central location and helping him cast a new tub.

Grab that angle grinder and cut the thing already. Sheesh.
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So you're removing the entire back wall flange??

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