how do you use a hole saw on siding

What's the best way to cut a hole in siding?

Rotozip works good, dust isn't bad, unless it's directly overhead. Don't use the standard drywall bit, use the 1/8th tile bit, made for cutting cement board and soft tile. (probably also helps with dust) I used it several times on my siding job.

How do you make a hole with a hole saw?

One solution, as shown in the drawing, is to use a wooden plug as a pilot. Using a hole saw the size of the existing hole, cut a plug from a piece of scrap wood. Extract the plug from the hole saw, and impale it on the pilot bit of the larger hole saw.

What kind of Saw do you use to cut Hardie siding?

Because Hardie® siding and trim is made of Portland cement, sand, cellulose and water, you should use masonry bits if you need to drill holes. For larger holes, you can consider using a carbide-tipped hole saw. This is best when you purchase one that’s specifically designed for cutting fiber cement.

Can a binding hole saw tear aluminum siding?

A binding hole saw can tear and deform thin aluminum siding. Reduce the pressure you have applied to the drill motor when you feel the metal "give." This signifies that you are almost through the aluminum siding. Stop applying pressure when you drill through the aluminum siding, but keep the drill bit turning.


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