Wall board wrap-up

In the last post I mentioned that we’ve kept fine-tuning along the way. We’ve also gotten savvier with some of the processes. One of those processes is making cut-outs for the electrical boxes that are lurking behind the drywall.

A couple of years ago I used what I called “the carbon paper trick”. It worked really well, but that required me to lift and place each drywall sheet a couple of times.

I don’t remember who it was, but someone encouraged me to use a rotozip instead. It is a tool similar to a router, but used to cut openings into drywall.


Before I placed the drywall, I measured and marked the center of each electrical box the sheet, which I then tagged to the wall with a few screws. The rotozip bit is tooled so that I can plunge it through the drywall at my center marks. I then started cutting to one side until I hit the mud-ring of the electrical box. At this point, I had to carefully lift the bit over the mud-ring and then use it as a cutting guide for the opening. And like with a regular router, the movement always has to be clockwise, otherwise what should be a snug opening around the electrical box would give way to elaborate artwork.

Hanging drywall is an art unto itself. And because I already finished the sound insulation at the ERV closet, I am now at a point where I can put the final patina on this art project.

My friend Leon likes when the camera follows me through the building, so I will play the drywall installation time lapse from the very beginning.

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About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

1 thought on “Wall board wrap-up

  1. Again Leon likes the smooth moving of the camera, especially when we are ” flying backwards” through the wooden frames – at 00:34 and 00:50 for example.

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