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.