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Garage to Work Shop Conversion #6: DIY Drywall Outlet marker

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Blog entry by twoblacklabs posted 07-03-2012 09:30 PM 2301 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve had my outlets in place for a long time. Insulation and drywall are next. My first attempt at precutting my panels for the existing outlets didn’t go so well.

I didn’t want to pay $15 for a drywall marker for the next panels so I made one. 1 Gang Mud Ring, small drill bit, super glue and a few cut off brads and I’m all set!

DIY Drywall Outlet Marker, Single gang mud ring, small drill bit, several cutoff brads and some superglue. Install upside down on an existing outlet box, push the drywall panel up against it, connect the dots left by the brads and cut. Viola.

DIY Drywall Outlet Marker, Single gang mud ring, small drill bit, several cutoff brads and some superglue. Install upside down on an existing outlet box, push the drywall panel up against it, connect the dots left by the brads and cut. Viola.

Install this (inside out) onto the existing outlet box and push the drywall against it. Connect the dots on on the drywall and Cut. No need to remove the outlet to mark with chalk or lipstick (they way I was taught thirty years ago).

Or so I thought.

Couple of issues. The marking pins are roughly centered in the mud ring walls. However, the center of the walls does not represent the actual required opening which would be the OUTSIDE of the walls. Thus you STILL have to make the cut larger but at least you know approximately where to make it. Notice the pencil line connecting the dots ended up being too small. Tracing the jig resulted in the correct opening size.

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Next problem, the screw length. Simply taking the outlet screws and inserting into the jig doesn’t work as the screws ended up too short.

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A little more retro-engineering with the hacksaw and razor knife fixes this.

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(For those that look inot backgrounds, the cut marks in the fence are from the previous owner, not me).

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Now it fits nicely.

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Still a wee bit tight but since this is only a trial, I will know what to do on the next piece. This was only a 1’ x 1’ test piece.

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Not too shabby.
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Why am I messing with this and taking so many pictures instead of just installing the drywall you ask? Because it’s 110+ plus in the shop and I really don’t want to get that hot! Hopefully soon, I will be able to enjoy a cool shop in the summer and a warm shop in the winter.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?



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Roger

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 10:04 PM

simple and ez

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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dbhost

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 12:47 AM

I have the electrician coming tomorrow for the consult on running the power for my shop. This will require wrecking out the existing sheet rock, and replacing it once everything is powered up. I was honestly planning on measuring and marking with a tape measure, and making my openings just a hair large. This looks like a much cleaner way of doing it… Might help with air infiltration at the outlets as well… I do have some plumbing pass throughs I need to figure out how to rock around, but I figure rock in close, try to tape behind, fill the gap, tape up, sand as close as feaseable, and call it good to go.

Please post up your results once your power, insulation etc.. are done. I’d love to get an idea of what a closer to done shop actually looks like.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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twoblacklabs

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 01:11 AM

Don’t hold your breath LOL. This is a few bucks per pay check kind of project. This check, I will be cutting the roof and installing a ridge vent as it’s sweltering in there. Our record temps are too much for my little window a/c unit. I don’t even bother turning it on.

Maybe, I’ll be able to pick up a few more sheets of drywall and a bag of insulation.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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macatlin1

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 11:18 AM

Very timely. I am in the process of wiring up the outlets and then on to the drywall. And, I suck at finding the boxes! I’ll give your method a try. I only have about 30 to do!

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Richard Dunlap

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 09:36 PM

Lipstick on the rim of the existing outlet box works well.

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twoblacklabs

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 10:59 PM

My wife has naturally ruby red lips so she doesn’t wear it.

  • Neither do I. **

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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