Cutting a drywall or sheetrock is an easy and simple job. It’s a lot easier than handling a brick wall. Here’s how you may do so – how to cut a drywall
How to Cut a Drywall
The tools you may need to cut a drywall
- A drilling machine: This may be a power drill or a hand driven drill.
- A spade drill bit
- A hole drill bit set (for cutting a circular hole of required size)
- A drywall saw or jab saw or also it is possible to use a reciprocating saw attaching a drywall blade.
- A knife or an anti cutter
NOTE: You may not require all the items mentioned above to complete a particular work.
Cutting a Square Hole
Often cutting a square hole becomes important, especially, when you are intending to install an electrical cavity box or stuff similar to that.
Mark the base altitude at which you are going to mount the square (or perhaps rectangular) structure on the wall. Draw a horizontal line using a pencil or a marker. Mark the distance of the hole from the right or the left.
Now complete the lining of the whole structure shape from the level lines. Keep one thing in mind that the markings must be done taking the back end of the structure. Usually, the front edges are a bit extended to hold the thing. Otherwise, your entire box may fall the other side.
Make a hole at any corner of your quadrilateral. You may do it using a spade drill if you have one. You may punch the tip of your drywall saw, otherwise, to make the pivot hole. Make sure that your jab saw has a sharp tip.
The rest of the job is just to hold your keyhole saw and cut the drywall. While cutting apply pressure on the wall by the alligator teeth of the saw and follow the line already marked. Take great care while dealing with the corner portion.
Depending on the structure or position of the whole on the drywall you may need to make more than one hole. Do not hesitate to do so. This will ensure a good finishing of your cut.
Another thing: Spend some time to check whether any electrical wires, pipelines or anything important or hazardous thing are there behind the wall or not. Remember, otherwise you may cost lives, health or wealth.
Cutting a Circle Hole:
Why would you need to cut a circle on a drywall? Think about a studio or a place where you need to place spotlights, speakers etc. Don’t you need a siren or buzzers in a warehouse or working places? You would definitely need to cut a hole. Here’s how you may do so:
To make a row of circles you would prefer drawing a line to keep track. Then draw perpendiculars on that line intersecting it. The points of intersection would be your centers.
There are a whole bunch of hole cutting kits of different sizes. Integrate that with a drill bit or just use the hole cutting bit and make the hole of your required diameter putting the bit at the center points.
You may do it using your knife or drywall saw. Draw a circle with a pencil and a ribbon of the required radius. Then cut away the drywall following the circular line. But this is a very tiring task indeed.
Cutting Other Shapes:
If you need to cut shapes other than the above, don’t worry. The procedure is the same. Simply focus on your shape and integrate the above ideas.
Happy drywall cutting! This is all about how to cut a drywall.