I know a few framers who either wedge the guard in the full retracted position OR remove it entirely leaving the blade exposed.
Today I had occasion to wedge the guard on my 18 V DeWalt trim saw up so I could plunge cut some siding to remove it. It's impossible for me to securely hold the saw and retract the guard in certain positions while standing on a ladder and cut to a line. There were no "issues" while doing this operation and I have done it previously on rare occasions.
I know one experienced framer who has said more than once "I have done more cutting running the saw backwards, than most guys have pushing it forward normally". Not quite the same operation as I did, but not one of the "normal" methods for most folks.
This was part of a whole house painting project where we discovered some water damage to the OSB under the siding. What a nightmare! In addition to that, I needed to completely remake the door jams for the French doors for the second floor. More water damage because the jambs were made from that chessy finger jointed piece work crap. I used PT this time and milled down 1 1/2" to 1 1/4" and routered in the hinge pockets in the PT, another PITA.
I had to duplicate the spacing exactly as I was reusing the steel Therma True doors. They fit so closely that NO shims were needed and the were plumb and level!
The new OSB from the Homeless Despot is now 7/16" thick, not 1/2" as when the house was built 40 years ago. I hate OSB. It should be banned.
Has anyone else wedged their circular saw blade guard up?