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Old Aug 22, 2012, 05:44 AM
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Totally non-rc related question!

Anyone know the best tool for cutting weatherboard? I'm cutting out a panel for a doggie door but the weatherboard has made 3 oscillating blades totally blunt and I'm not even half way through!

Any chippies or builders or even handymen with any tips?
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 05:48 AM
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don't you use one of those chomper type cutters? gullotine cutter things. That's what I have used once before on villiboard, which is like death free fibro sheet
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 05:57 AM
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The cutter I'm using at the moment is working, but it's very slow and trying my patience to its limit!
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:05 AM
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Is weatherboard like fibre cement? if it is then the cheapest way to cut it is to use a scoring blade. You score it along a straight edge several times to get a nice deep score then snap it. Same principle as tile or glass cutting.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:09 AM
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This guy does it at about the 1:00 mark of this vid
How to Cut Cement Backer Board Video (2 min 12 sec)
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:18 AM
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Use a grinder with a masonry cutting disc on it.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:20 AM
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well that looks easy! just like gyprock then. but does it work on weatherboard which is a bit thicker, and tapered?

Is that a firebird in your avatar ozzie?
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:51 AM
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And the weatherboard in question is still attached to the house!!

I'll try a grinder with masonry disc on it. Now i just have to find my bloody grinder!!
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:56 AM
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sounds like Glen was the only one who actually read your post properly! I thought you were making a dog house out of weatherboard, not cutting a hole IN your weatherboard on your house for your dog!

aren't you usually supposed to cut a doggy door into an existing door as opposed to cutting a hole in your wall?

btw, It's not old asbestos weatherboard is it?
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:57 AM
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make sure u wear a decent dust mask!
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:59 AM
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Is that a firebird in your avatar ozzie?
Thats my 72 Camaro
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 06:59 AM
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+1 even a metal disc will work in a pinch.. if you're worried about dust, moisten it with a spray bottle as you go.

Lined my whole double garage in this stuff using just a scorer and a grinder.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 07:02 AM
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unless his house was made after 84, it's probably full of asbestos in the weatherboard.

ozzie, yeah,......um....... that's what I meant........ well there are some similarities!
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 07:39 AM
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unless his house was made after 84, it's probably full of asbestos in the weatherboard.

ozzie, yeah,......um....... that's what I meant........ well there are some similarities!
Yep, after 84 deffinately. No asbestos!

I'll try a grinder metal cutting disc. Would even a dremel metal cutting disc do the job? I have some great metal cutting discs here and it will save me a trip to bunnings!
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 08:14 AM
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If you do it with a dremel, could you video it so I can watch it when I can't get to sleep! I reakon 20min of that will knock me out for sure, but just in case there will be a fair bit more of that still to watch I'm sure
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