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Old 10-08-2017, 09:00 PM   #15
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stripes and such

Yes Jon while getting things packed for our trouting trip I checked and can feel those decals.

Here is how I am cutting out the hole for my door.

1. I am drawing it out on the outside
2. drilling holes in each corner
3. getting a couple of good metal cutting blades for my jigsaw and whack
ing away.
4. I am in the process of ordering the trim for the cuts I already I have a
door from my remodel to match. lucky me!

Now this depends when my back will allow me to do this but I may entice
my neighbor to come cut it for me.

that's it

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Old 10-10-2017, 06:39 AM   #16
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...Here is how I am cutting out the hole for my door...
Just passing on several tips I have picked up on the forum:
(1) A multi-tool is the best way to cut the fiberglass*.
(2) Pre-drilling small corner holes helps prevent future stress fractures.
(3) Tape the cut line on the gelcoat to reduce chipping.

And most important,
(4) Wear protective gear!!!

*Did a bit more research and seems like there are a number of options depending on the size and shape of the hole, and jigsaw is one. Sorry to mislead...
What to use to cut fiberglass
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:51 AM   #17
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Just passing on several tips I have picked up on the forum:
(1) A multi-tool is the best way to cut the fiberglass.
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Google "multi-tool" for images and this type is almost all that comes up:

And I am pretty sure that is not what you are referring to.

For square holes in the cabinets, I had great luck using a small battery operated Dremel with the small cutting wheels in this kit. It allows for some finer control, but I don't know if it would be stout enough to cut through the shell. I would try it however, and might if I ever get to my furnace project.
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You're right, Gordon. I meant a powered rotary cutting tool.

I didn't think of using my Dremel- I actually have one of those. I wonder if it's sturdy enough. I burnt out the motor on one trying to do a full-sized project with what is essentially a hobbyist's tool. You have used yours on fiberglass?
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You're right, Gordon. I meant a powered rotary cutting tool.

I didn't think of using my Dremel- I actually have one of those. I wonder if it's sturdy enough. I burnt out the motor on one trying to do a full-sized project with what is essentially a hobbyist's tool. You have used yours on fiberglass?
Actually what I used was the Dremel 7300 pet grooming tool. It works well to grind / trim the nails on my dog (she hates clippers). Since I had it already, I used it with the cutting wheel to cut a small square hole on the sofa / front bench for Anderson Power Pole jacks. It was almost the ideal tool for that small (one inch square) hole. The cutting wheels in the separate kit are pretty thin so I am not sure if they would be good for the shell, but it would not really hurt to try and move up to something more heavy duty if needed.
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You're right, Gordon. I meant a powered rotary cutting tool.

I didn't think of using my Dremel- I actually have one of those. I wonder if it's sturdy enough. I burnt out the motor on one trying to do a full-sized project with what is essentially a hobbyist's tool. You have used yours on fiberglass?
Roto Zip is what I think you meant loosely?

I agree they can work well but are also pretty hard to handle if not experienced with them.

A Jigsaw with a fine tooth blade is a lot easier to control for many.
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Following up on your earlier post Gordon, I found an old thread, and several people did mention using a Dremel, so I think I'll try it first. Thanks for the tip.

Now I just have to figure out the door for the new opening in the closet. Scamp no longer sells the oak-look panels, so I have to decide whether to look for a cast-off, make one and and paint all the doors to match, or cannibalize the porta-potty door and install the pull-out drawer I have always wanted there...
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Google Oscilliating Multi-tool, which I believe was originally made by Fein Tools, but is now made by multiple tool makers....even Harbor Freight. This works great, especially when used in conjunction with a vacuum cleaner to collect the dust as it is being produced.
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I have a good jigsaw I can control it so that will be what I use! I have had dremels and such play hopscotch with me on stuff before! I have already used it for a fiberglass cutting project!

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Just FYI -

If you use a jigsaw and you are cutting from the gelcoat side, there is a somewhat special blade that you might look for and use. My ACE Hardware guy recommended one to me.

Looking at the tooth orientation, you will notice that blade cuts on the down-stroke instead of the up-stroke that some wood-cutting jigsaw blades use. I'm not sure about the tooth orientation on metal-cutting blades.

I was told that any blade that cuts on the up-stroke can potentially lift and chip out larger areas of gelcoat on either side of the cut line.

Just possible food for thought. As always, YMMV.

Good luck!

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ray thanks for the good info. I will look for those!


now what I can buy for the inside trimwork I am not paying scamp 20.00 in ups to get theirs!


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Old 10-11-2017, 07:45 AM   #26
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One thing I did find while installing my new countertop was the cabinent was 1in out of square. really no big surprise but was surprised!

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When I installed flush mounted speakers in the upper rear cabinet of my Casita I used a high speed cutter bit on the dremel to cut the fiberglass. I used something similar to the #194 and it worked well but if I were buying the bit new I would consider the #115 as well.
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what i use

I use a large hole saw on my battery drill

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