Besides making the job easier, using the proper hand saw will make for a better finished product, and often will contribute to job safety.
The size and accuracy of a cut is determined by the number of the saw's teeth, also called points, their size and setting.
If you want to rough-cut a piece of wood and aren't concerned with what it looks like, a saw with large widely spaced teeth, will do the job.
If, on the other hand, you're doing interior trim work like crown mold or chair rail, use a fine-toothed saw.
And remember, having the right saw is only half the battle. Keep the saw sharp and store it in a location where the blade won't be damaged by other tools.
If the saw must be stored in a tool box with other tools, invest in a blade guard.
Thinking of buying a home? Avoid getting a money pit by having the home professionally inspected from foundation to roof. This process will expose needed repairs.
Look for a home inspector with building experience, like a general contractor, architect or engineer.
Check the inspector's references, and establish how detailed his report will be.
Avoid an inspector who offers to perform the work himself or who recommends someone who can.
This practice could lead to a conflict of interests.
The American Society of Home Inspectors is a nonprofit association that helps consumers find a reliable home inspector.
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