Tips For How to Cut Drywall – Two Simple Steps
Tips For How to Cut Drywall – Two Simple Steps

This is probably one of the most frustrating parts of a DIY project is cutting your drywall.Oversized holes can be time consuming to fix yet a hole made too small can be just as frustrating. This easy 2-step guide will guide you through the process as painlessly as possible so you can avoid any costly mistakes.

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CAUTION

To me and any contractor on site, safety is always the first priority. Please make sure no electrical wires are exposed, and electrical boxes are plated or capped. In addition, be sure to use safety goggles and a face mask (preferably an N-95) to avoid inhaling a lot of debris and dust.

Pre-work

It is very important to pay attention to the preparation needed before doing any drywall work. Try to locate your architectural drawings to help determine where plumbing and electrical pipes may be. In this case a stud-finder will usually be helpful and it is not the end of the world if you cannot find the drawings as you can have a good idea by looking at light fixtures and wall brackets/sinks, etc.

1. Score the Drywall

worker showinghow to cut drywall with a knife
person carefully showing how to cut drywall during a remodeling job

The first step to follow would be to use a tape measure to map out the area you will be cutting. Using a T-Square here would be really helpful in getting straight lines! You will then with the square, mark the cut lines with a pencil. You finish off by scoring the surface of the sheet with your utility knife or plunge the tip of your drywall saw inside, going gently into the gypsum material.

2. Snap/Cutting the Piece

how to cut drywall with a utility knife
A worker is cutting drywall with a utility knife. This material is very common for house wall and ceiling construction. The background is drywall which has been screwed to the wall frame.

At this stage you can flip the drywall over so its face down and snap the board on the line you have made for he cut. You may also hit your knee with the drywall to get enough force to give it a pop. You may also use a utility knife here to make it easier.

Final Thoughts

That was pretty simple wasn’t it! Although this guide is a for a square/rectangular hole, a round shaped hole may be just a little more work. It will require a rotary-cut out tool and some steady hands! Be sure to sweep the floor and vacuum any debris you have left and you are now ready to do some REAL work!!

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