Recessed light cut out


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Old 02-11-23, 10:48 AM
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Recessed light cut out

Recently I was cutting a 6" hole for a recessed LED disk. It was through 2 layers of 5/8" drywall, and I used a multi tool--my preferred tool as I don't have the hole saw.

Seems you have to push the blade straight edge (or angle it slightly) while plunging into the ceiling in a circular motion. For me hard to do accurately. I had a few minor glitches outside the circular hole.

Is there a better way with the multi tool on a circular hole? Or was It just more challenging with having 2 drywall layers? My thought was having a blade that had a cutting edge on 2 sides rather than one. But I don't see such a blade online.
 
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Old 02-11-23, 12:21 PM
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I wouldn't pick an oscillating saw as the easiest tool to use for that job.
They do make a blade that should make it easier.
I've never used it before......... Jab saw blade

 
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Old 02-11-23, 02:03 PM
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Thanks Pete. I just ordered these. If not a hole saw or hand held jab saw, what would your tool of choice be for ceiling drywall holes?
 
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Old 02-11-23, 02:18 PM
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I use hole saws.
I also use a handheld keyhole saw.

The hole saw is by far the best method as the hole comes out perfect but it makes a dust mess.
I'll usually have a second guy hold the vacuum near to grab the dust.

Many people use a ceiling light cutter. It's..... ok.
Contains dust well but is a little tough to control.
The center hole enlarges quickly but would work great with double sheetrock.
Klein ceiling light cutter
 
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Old 02-11-23, 10:41 PM
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I've used this drill attachment. It's adjustable and easy to use. The plastic cup around it is only to catch the dust. you don't need to use it.
 
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Old 02-12-23, 05:10 AM
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I always just use a drywall jab saw. Hole saws or similar tools can wobble and make the hole too large and make a HUGE mess.

Two layers of drywall does make it more difficult so it helps to have a sharp saw.
 
 

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