Cutting Holes in Drywall
There will be times when you need to cut a hole in your drywall to make room for a light or another type of opening in your home. It is important that you use your drywall supplies to always cut an accurate hole, otherwise, the object will either not fit or you will find that there is too much space around the object.
Step 1: Measure the Space
The first step in the process of cutting an accurate size hole is to measure the fixture that will go in the drywall and then measure the drywall. You want to make sure that you take multiple measurements to ensure that the space is correct. There are times when you may take a measurement one time and then return to take it a second time and the measurement is different. You should continue to take the measurement until you come up with the same number.
If you plan to place a light fixture in your drywall, one easy way to measure for the light is to place the light in the designated space and then trace around the light to create an accurate measurement of where you need to cut.
Step 2: Use Your Drywall Supplies to Cut the Shape
Now that you have the accurate measurement, you should utilize your drywall supplies and cut the hole out. Typically, you will find that the easiest tool to use is a drywall saw and this is the same type of tool your local drywall company will use as well.
You should try to keep your lines and cuts as even as possible to ensure that there are no odd corners or edges that are not flush.
Step 3: Set the Drywall
You should avoid placing the item into the drywall until you have the drywall hung. This is one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make and what happens is, the object will fall from the hole if the drywall is not secured.
To secure the drywall, you should screw it into place and make sure that everything looks good before you add the item into the wall. You may find that you need to adjust the edges a bit and this is okay, but do make sure that you do not cut too much away from the fixture.
Step 4: Add the Object in Place and Seal the Hole
Once you have the perfect sized hole cut, you should place the object into the fitted spot and then secure it in place. Often, a drywall company will use caulk or another sealant to hold the item in place and you can do the same in your home.
If you are trying to cut a hole in your drywall, make sure that you take accurate measurements and that you do not cut the hole too big, as this can lead to problems when you add the fixture. If you find that you need additional drywall supplies or you cannot cut the hole correctly, contact your local drywall company to help.