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Reciprocating Saw 101: How to Cut Into a Wall Safely

From our Tool School series: Pro tips on avoiding disaster when plunge-cutting into a wall

In this video, This Old House contributor Mark Clement demonstrates how to use the reciprocating saw to cut through a wall. Sometimes pipes or other materials are hidden behind drywall. Rather than cutting straight through, creating a plunge cut is a helpful precaution that may help you avoid costly mistakes in your demolition.

Learn how to:
• Use a reciprocating saw in demolition
• Understand the action of a reciprocating saw
• Safely operate the saw
• Create a plunge cut
• Avoid cutting into pipes and wires


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