I am a intermediate carpenter who's being forced against his will to install and tape drywall. The client is penny wise and pound foolish and thinks he's making out with me doing it, despite my best efforts at convincing him otherwise. The truth is, I'm okay at it but I have one more room to finish before I can move on. In this kitchen are 15 can lights in the ceiling, four sconces and lots of outlet boxes, all plastic. The way I see it the client didn't put any lights upstairs and now is making up for it in the kitchen.
At any rate, i figured it might be time to buy a saw for the rock and I've read some of the posts concerning use of cutting tools (including instructions on cut direction, etc.) and decided to buy a Rotozip (with vacuum). But I'm having second thoughts and thought I'd ask here before I dirty a $100 machine I may not use again for a while.
My first question is whether or not it makes sense to buy the saw if you're just pre-cutting (on horses) before installation (my current inclination) ? Or is the whole point (and justification for the purchase) of the saw to do things in place- fastening the perimeter in place and plunging into a center mark? With multiple can lights in all directions, I have to say, this last technique makes me a little unsure. And forget about those outlets, with umpteen wires all barely tucked inside.
Could you just use a lift to hold the rock in place and not fasten the perimeter? Or just tack it in a few places, using the lift to do th rest?
I have always measured and pre-cut with handsaw and have done well with it so naturally I am wary of switching gears from what works. I guess I would like to try what the pros do but at the same time, don't see any reason why I can't continue cutting on the flat-but with the Rotozip, if it's possible to do a neat job of it.