Hanging drywall is easy.
Cutting out around electrical devices….
That’s another story.
Mess this up and you’ll be patching your brand new drywall.
Today’s lesson shows you how make precise cuts around electrical boxes, bathroom fans, and recessed lights.
Plus, don’t miss the loco giveaway we’re doing 😀
You learn a lot of cool stuff when you watch a Pro contractor.
Today’s tutorial is courtesy of Steve White from SRW Contracting.
As you might recall, he’s a professional master bathroom remodeler.
When I asked Steve to help with this lesson he told me he rarely uses a drywall saw.
You’ll see why a traditional drywall saw stinks in comparison to a RotoZip.
And it makes the cutting of drywall way faster.
Last week Steve showed you how to hang drywall ceilings in a bathroom using a lift.
Today he shares how to cut out the drywall around the electrical boxes, bathroom fans, and recessed lights.
The first step is to measure the location of the device.
Get the center location of the device and write these dimensions down.
Don’t lose them or you’ll kick yourself!!!
Use these dimensions to mark the center of the electrical device on the new drywall.
Plunge your drywall saw or RotoZip into this center mark.
You’ll see Steve’s angst in the video around 1:34.
I asked him to use the drywall saw even though he doesn’t use it anymore.
For electrical boxes, don’t plunge cut too deeply.
Primarily because there are electrical wires in the box.
Cut from the center to the edge of the box then remove your knife or RotoZip.
Then plunge cut into the drywall to find the outside edge of the electrical box.
Now cut the outline of the outside edge of the box into the drywall.
The technique is similar for recessed lights
Cut from the center to the edge of the recessed light.
Again, pull the RotoZip from the drywall and plunge it into the outside of the recessed light.
Steve’s tips give you a precise circular cut in the drywall.
He explains in the video why a precise cut for recessed lights is so important.
Cutting out drywall for bathroom fans is a bit different.
You can cut along the inside edge instead of the outside edge.
This makes your drywall work look neat and clean
See all of Steve’s tips in the video, and why he’s been using a RotoZip for 10 years 😀
Is there any doubt the RotoZip is awesome?
Sure, that’s a rhetorical questions but I’ll answer for you…it’s flat out amazing!!!
So we’re giving one away.
Enter the giveaway by adding a comment below telling us how you’d use a RotoZip.
Bonus points for anyone giving tips on hanging or finishing drywall 😀
Here are the details
- 1 winner will be randomly selected
- Entry period ends Tuesday August 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST
- Only those who live in the continental US are eligible to win
- HRT is handling the prize fulfillment, so you’ll receive the reciprocating saw from us.
I totally need to get a RotoZip myself, haha.
Thanks as always for reading, watching and making our Do-It-Yourself community the best.
See you in the comments.
UPDATE: Congrats to Daniel Duenas, he’s the winner of the RotoZip. He’s doing some major work and this puppy will come in handy 😀