Great Goofs: A Cut Below The Rest

Don't cut wood on a wood floor.

Recently, I completely remodeled our second-floor bathroom. After roughing in the plumbing, I was ready to lay a new subfloor. Cramped for space, I cut the plywood to size in the hallway on top of some 2x4s. As I was cutting, it felt like the saw was working pretty hard and the blade was dull. When I picked up the plywood, I discovered why the saw was laboring. There was a 1/4-in. deep cut about 3 ft. long in the hardwood floor! The bathroom came out great, but until I get around to repairing the hallway floor, I’m constantly reminded to check the depth of the blade before every cut.

— Damian Katt

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