Spiral Saw Proficiency
A tricky tool to master.
Tools are extensions of a pro’s arms and hands. Most of us forget what it was like learning how to handle a tool for maximum efficiency and performance. Spiral saws for cutting drywall are trickier than most tools to learn how to use. I didn’t give that much thought until instructing and watching the WACTC students zip out ceiling boxes, HVAC registers, outlet boxes and rough openings. There are so many nuances to using a spiral saw — how tight to hold the tool, how deep (shallow) to plunge the bit into a box to avoid wires inside, which direction to move the bit around or within an opening, and how to judge the right speed to move the tool, plus many more.
I figured the only way for them to get the hang of zipping out holes was to let them do it even though it meant we’d have a bit of patching to do later on.
Looking up at the ceiling in the basement it’s easy to see the progress the students made moving from one fixture box to the next.