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What can I use to cut cement backerboard?

I am laying a new tile floor over plywood subfloor. I have Durock cement backerboard. The area I'm covering is only 4'3 x 6'8. I don't really want to put the money out for power saws ($60+) so I am planning to use a hand saw. What kind is most appropriate? Can I use a small utility knife for the smaller details?

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I think most guys just use a utility knife (with a sharp blade) to score the board and snap it kind of like drywall. You'll use a few blades but I think it'd work fine. Use the fasteners recommended by the manufacturer. I see a lot of roofing nails being used but I don't think they're the best thing to use. The Durock wasn't cheap and neither is the tile you'll be installing. Don't try to save fifty cents on fasteners.
May 11, 2017
Take your self a utility knife and keep scoring now keep in mind that you don't have to do it in one piece you can do it in a couple of pieces.and just fit it like a puzzle.don't forget shop safety by wearing safety glasses
May 11, 2017
score with a razor knife and then break. you can use a hand saw also, the board should actually have printed on it to cut this side . good luck
May 11, 2017
they make a small carbide knife that works. look for it in the drywll section.
May 11, 2017
You can actually just score it like drywall & snap it.
May 11, 2017

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