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Old 02-13-2015, 03:17 PM
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Default Looking for the best tool for a tight job

This morning I performed a little job in an apartment block to move their existing range hood exhaust up 5". Seems simple enough except that it is a 3x10 duct that comes from the side and has to be offset upward within the wall. The reason for doing this is that they are putting in new cabinets and the new ones are higher which left the duct partially underneath the cabinet where the range hood should be.

The hardest part about the whole process is cutting the duct back mostly from the end of the duct I'm cutting. I had limited access from the top and one side as well. I was able to get it cut by drilling through the pittsburgh locks with a unibit and using a variety of snips but it took the better part of an hour. While the amount of time wasn't unexpected it would be nice to get that part of the job down a bit because I have another 47 like it.

So I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for the best tool for something like this.
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Old 02-14-2015, 07:05 AM
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can you post a pic?
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:08 AM
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Here is what I'm dealing with. I'm thinking a Dremel with a wood cutting blade turned backward might do the job. I know an abrasive disc would do the job but I don't want to make any sparks.
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:36 AM
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I've been wanting one of these, might work for you?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKhx6mmo_QU
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:38 PM
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Are you building the hood ?
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:39 PM
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No, just a standard hood.
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