|Anything goes in The Snug, the GD's rebellious little brother. An off-topic den of iniquity for non-football/news related musings.
We had our old corrugated iron byre knocked down by a digger last week - part of the roof had come apart and it badly needed pulling down , but it was too big a job for me alone - luckily we had a digger man preparing an area for an extension onto our old house so Jen very cheekily asked him to knock our old byre down ' seeing as he's here ' .
I've removed around 20 sheets but a lot of the building came down in huge panels / frames and I'm finding it difficult prising the sheeting away [ I'm using various iron bars , saws and sledgehammers ] - some will need cutting away - I've found this tool and am also considering buying an angle grinder .
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Has anyone done this type of work before , if so , what did you use ?
We just use reciprocating saws and metal- cutting circular saws for thin stuff. If we've got to go through beams or anything more than half an inch thick, out comes the plasma cutter.
A grinder with a thin cutting disc in will do the trick.
Look for Klingspor cutting discs.
^^ Reciprocating saw will work too, as CB says.
There won't be any sparks either.
Angle grinder with thin cutting disk will rip through it...
But wear goggles...
I put on a full face mask when cutting an old long radiator in half once and a shard went up under the mask, hit my cheek, bounced onto the inside of the mask, bounced off that and stuck in my eye. Down the hospital to have it pulled out...
Unbelievable stuff that cannot happen with goggles.
This is our favourite reciprocating saw https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DCS387B-20-volt-Compact-Reciprocating/dp/B00ODN0S70/ref=sr_1_9?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1492288731&sr=1-9&keywords=reciprocating+saw ...... mostly 'cos we get DeWalt stuff with a serious discount.
Angle grinders are fine but, they do throw sparks everywhere. I wear my welding mask if I ever have to use one and I tell the blokes that they need to wear the gloves and protective sleeves we provide (sometimes the ***** even listen) As to size, there's a few considerations. Obviously, the bigger the grinder, the thicker the material you can cut. Also bigger = heavier which isn't a lot of fun if you're not used to it. Another thing to be aware of is that cutting wheels can be a bit fragile and they have been known to shatter and throw shrapnel around. Personally, I think the clue's in the name: they're better for grinding than they are for cutting.
Most of my blokes like the lightest, cordless tool for any given job - generally 'cos they're up ladders or in confined spaces and they don't want to **** about with extension cords. That said, we've also usually got two or three chargers on the go, so they don't have to hang around waiting for batteries to charge.
I probably would, yes. The other thing to consider is that these saws are pretty useful for general DIY and you'll get your money's worth. The chances are you'd never use an angle grinder again - it's a bit 'single use'
Yes of course , good point .
We planted all sorts of shrubbery 15-20 years ago for hedges , griselinia , quickthorn , escalonia , oleria and now they're all the size of trees - I bought a chainsaw but couldn't afford the protective clothing at the time so it's lay in its box - One of those reciprocating saws would be most useful .
Thanks everyone for all your helpful suggestions .
Ah, my dad was stopped by a policeman carrying a sheet of corrugated iron on his head which he 'found'. If only you had been around then!
But, this was 1939 in Port Glasgow and he was let off because he told the polis man that he needed the sheet to help build an Anderson shelter.
What you need, mate, is for Germany to invade Poland and you'll be quids in.
Don't bother with a reciprocating saw, get an angle grider. They're designed to cut through metal. Yep, there'll be sparks, but they're harmless as long as there's no inflammable liquids around. They'll also cut through stone (with the right discs) so versatile too.
OK , Cheers - I probably will on second thoughts .
I built our pig-hut from fence stobs and corrugated iron , I know where I'm heading if things get serious between Trump and Kimmy Boy .
Yes , there's a couple of places on the island , Eamonn Jewson's have just opened one up 10 miles away but I'm going to buy rather than hire as I'll get quite a lot of use out of a reciprocating saw - I was in B&Q this morning having a look at both angle grinders and saws , I'm going to go for a recip - will come in very handy for other jobs , we've lots of trees and big shrubs in the garden - Bosch , Ryobi or DeWalt , probably the latter seeing as CB very kindly recommended one but the lovely Chinese girl at B&Q said she was also a Ryobi agent so who knows ?
Funny you should say that , our dishwasher [ no not me ] broke last week [ we're expecting a new one this afternoon ] , it wouldn't drain - tried a couple of things , no luck . Haven't tried sticking it in the car as of yet but it should go hopefully . If not , I'll take the sledgehammer to it !!
It's as if we live in a parallel universe -
We went with another Bosch .