When framing rough door openings for your new basement walls it’s a standard practice to cut-out the treated bottom plate in the rough door opening after the wall has been built and fastened into final position.

The best tool for this job in the use of a reciprocating  saw with a nice sharp wood cutting blade installed in it! This type of saw cuts through your bottom plate like a “hot knife through butter” and is so much easier than using a handsaw.

It’s so simple to do! Just run the saw at maximum power and speed and cut “straight-down” through the bottom plate on each side of the rough door opening. Once cut completely through on both sides of the door opening, simply remove and discard the cut piece of bottom place and your done.

Tip: Make sure your wall is securely fastened to the concrete floor on both sides of the door opening before you cut-out the bottom plate so your basement wall does not move around while cutting!

Using “the right tools for the job is half the battle” with any construction project. It’s no different when finishing basements, the right tools will make your life so much easier as you progress with you basement project!

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