As you cut drywall and is doing it in the hole

By Admin | Construction & Tips
10 April 2016

From this material you will learn how to cut drywall, other than that we will consider what to cut drywall and is doing it in a rectangular and round holes.To do this you'll need a few tools and the knowledge of the basic methods of how to do it.In addition, we show how to efficiently use materials, that there is less waste and thus obtain excellent results.From our experience we know that while the cutting process is not very complicated, but in order to learn, you will need patience.Unsatisfactory results may be obtained due to inaccurate measurements, do not use the materials and tools.To learn how to cut drywall Well, read this article which gives advice on how to avoid common mistakes.

How to cut the drywall and what tools are used for this purpose


  1. preparation and marking of
  2. Cut a sheet of drywall
  3. How to make holes in the drywall
  4. Cut rectangular hole
  5. How to make round holes in the drywall
  6. drill holes using hand tools
  7. Video: What and how to cut drywall

preparation and marking of

In order to cut the drywall, you need the following:


  • sheet of drywall.


  • stationery knife;
  • T-square;
  • roulette.


  • only use a knife with a sharp blade;
  • if you intend to attach the drywall on the ceiling and on the walls, in the beginning it is necessary to sheathe the ceiling, and had to start Pat walls;
  • if you need to cut the drywall on a difficult path, first cut the length and then the width.

Remember that in the process of fixing plasterboard and very important to use as much as possible as much as plates.So you reduce the cost of materials, the work will be less, and the plating process will go faster.Therefore, we must carefully measure and examine the surface you are working with, and then make a plan for the use of plates, to as little as possible they had to cut.

If you need to attach the drywall onto a large area, we recommend using the 3.6-meter plate instead of 2.5 meter.Thus you will save time and material.

Step 1. to professionally cut drywall, use quality tools.If the sheets are larger (120 cm), it is best to cut them, leaning against the wall at a slight angle.A small (width 60 cm) can be cut on the floor.If you first cut the drywall, it is best to train yourself to do it is on the floor.In the beginning you need to decide which side to cut drywall.To do this, make sure that a sheet of drywall will turn to you face.It is on this side, and will be cut.

If you do not know what is best to cut the drywall, then from my experience can tell you that in most cases, it is best to use a good knife stationery.But sometimes you have to use other tools.For example hacksaw plasterboard, conveniently used to cut holes of different shapes.

Tools for cutting drywall
minimum set of tools that you will need when cutting the drywall.

Smart Board.If you cut drywall, attach it to the wall, then enclose down a few wooden bars.This will facilitate the process of cutting and protect against damage your fingers.

Step 2. First we need to using a roulette to determine the size of the cut plate.Do this very carefully, otherwise the plate may not just come - would be either too small or too large.Also, make sure the vertical edges are aligned at the center of the crates, or junction plates are not rigid enough.Measure using a tape measure and make a mark at the desired location with a pencil.In our example, we want to cut the plate in half, so make a mark in the middle.

Marking sheet
marking sheet of drywall.

Smart Board.It is important to make accurate measurements, otherwise you will spend a lot of time and money to correct the error in the joints.Be especially careful when you are working alone.

Step 3. To get the perfect straight cut, use a T-square.If you want to reach a professional level and you have to cut drywall often and a lot, we recommend Get a large T-square and do not use improvised or homemade instruments.

Move T-square Drywall until it reaches the desired mark.

Install the T-square on the marks
use a T-square for cutting drywall

Cut a sheet of drywall

Step 1. Drywall consists of two layers of paper, both sides are covered with a thick layer of plaster.This combination creates a relatively robust construction material which also is fire resistant.Therefore, in order to get an accurate and high-quality cut, enough to walk on a plate with a sharp knife and then place it in the fracture.To make a cut on the knife swipe drywall sheets from top to bottom several times.To make the right cut, you need to carry a knife steadily and smoothly and precisely along the marked lines.Cutting through the paper layer should be firmly hold the T-square in the same position, otherwise the cut may turn out uneven.

same procedure if you need to perform not less drywall on the floor and leaning against the wall.Hold the bottom of the T-square foot, draw knife Drywall several times from top to bottom.There is no need to cut a lot of time, so you just blunt knife.

Cut through cardboard
sheet of paper with a slotted base.

As you can see in the picture, the incision must be perfectly smooth.Otherwise, you can not exactly break the plate.The aim is to fully penetrate the layer of paper and lightly grab gypsum.

Step 2. Now we need to break the plate along notch.If you have followed the previous steps, the gypsum board must be broken down along the cut.Hold the sheet legs, simply fold it.

Bending drywall

options as you make yourself breakdown course weight.Explain all these procedures the two proposals is rather difficult, but I assure you that, in practice, it is very easy to do.The most important thing - to make the right cut.The way you break it is not important.

But if you find it hard to grasp the big leaf hands to bend it, then press down on his knee.If you are not confident that you can cut the plate well, first Practice on sheets of waste.

Fracture Plate
Breaking plaster board.

Step 3. Once the sheet is broken office knife cut paper layer on the reverse side of the plasterboard plate.If you properly smashed drywall, then you should have no problem with cutting the sheets of paper on the back side.

Cut cardboard
clipped layer of cardboard on the outside.

Step 4. Put the sliced ​​plate attachment to the place, to see how accurately obtain the slice.If sliced ​​stove get a bit more, using rasp, remove excess material.Remember that working rasp, you've done a lot of dust.So try to make the exact layout.

Cut Sheets
cut sheet.

How to make holes in the drywall

Next we will talk about how to make a hole in the drywall.Learn how to make holes in the drywall is very important because it is often necessary to do to install new outlets, switches and other devices.In addition, cut round or rectangular opening accounts in order to perform repair damaged sections of drywall.Although cut holes in drywall is pretty simple, though, to do it professionally, you must use specific tools and have some skills.Therefore we advise you to work with care and precision in follow our step by step explanations before how to do the work.

to make a hole in the drywall, you need the following:


  • sheet of drywall


  • T-square;
  • pencil;
  • roulette and stationery knife;
  • drill;
  • ring nozzle for drills;
  • jigsaw;
  • hacksaw plasterboard.


  • make accurate measurements for breaching rectangular holes;
  • be careful not to damage the hole cutting pipes or electrical wires;
  • to cut a hole in the drywall, put on respirator.

Cut rectangular hole

Step 1. Determine the place on a sheet of drywall where you need to make a hole.If the hole is supposed to establish an outlet in the desired location you need to make a box from the wall outlet and to outline its contour.To do this, using a tape measure off the distance from the left side of the plate to the left and right edges of the box.Also, measure the distance from the lower edge of the plate to the extreme top and bottom points of the electrical box.Given these dimensions, using a T-square to mark the location holes of the box on a plaster board.

Mark up and determine the location for the hole
Mark up the list and define the place for the hole.

Step 2. drills to drill large diameter holes to make the 4 sides of the rectangle.As you can see in the picture, the holes must be done inside the box, and as close as possible to the lines cut.

Drilling holes in the drywall
drill holes in the drywall under canvas sawing jigsaw.

Smart Board.It is possible to drill holes in the sides and in the corners of the rectangle.The holes should be large enough to have passed the canvas sawing jigsaw.

Step 3. sawing jigsaw inserting into each of the holes prorezhte rectangular opening.Do this with great care, making sure that the saw blade was exactly drafted lines.

Cuts through the opening jigsaw
Cut a rectangular opening in the drywall.

Smart Board.In order not to inhale the dust, wear a respirator mask.It is better to make a hole too small than too large, since the excess is always possible to remove the rasp.

Step 4. Once you cut a hole in the drywall, you need to check its suitability.To do this, insert the hole done by the box from the switch or outlet to see if everything is well done.

Ready rectangular hole
finished rectangular hole.

Smart Board.You can cut holes in the slabs already installed, but there should be something to consider.Before performing the work, make sure that at this point no pipes, wires or other utilities.

How to make round holes in the drywall

Step1. First you need to determine what you can cut a hole in the drywall.There are several ways to do this.This can be done, for example, to use a crown or a small ballerinku hacksaw.

  • More information about the kinds of drills and bits, see the material: Types of drills - select tool for drilling metal, wood, concrete and tile

We advise you to use the crown, which is attached to an electric drill chuck.It should be said that this is the fastest and most accurate method.It can be used to penetrate the small and medium-sized holes.

Set crowns
set crowns, which can be used to cut holes in drywall.

Before you start drill holes necessary to make the appropriate markup.To do this, you need to identify and map out the future of the center hole.

Center holes
outlines the future of the center hole.

Step 2. crown Select the required size and fasten it in the chuck of the drill.Now place the crown in the center of the drill holes penetrate and start drilling.For quality, we recommend the opening cut on medium speed and slowly press the drill.

Start drilling
start drilling.

Smart Board.Do not press too hard on the drill head to jam in the cast.To make a hole quality, you need patience.

A circular hole is ready
hole is ready.

caves using hand tools

Method 1. Cut a round hole in the drywall can be using a conventional knife.In the beginning you need to outline the shape of future openings.To this end, sheets of drywall, you can fasten the box from the outlet, switch or any other round object and to outline future openings.Then, the same circuit must be noted on the back side of the sheet.Both the first and second circuits must match.

Outline outline
contour outlines future openings.

Then use the knife must be completely cut cardboard layer.Once you cut through the paper layer on both sides, gently tap the plaster with a hammer.The hole is ready.Now check whether an electrical box there.

Method 2. If you want to make a hole in the plate is already installed drywall, you need to use another method.Draw a circle on the drywall, circling the pencil box, or switch on the outlet circuit.Before cutting a hole in the drywall, make sure that at this point there is no tubing and electrical wires.Also make sure that the box will be placed in a suitable location.

Then, using a handsaw to drywall, cut a hole in the plate.In order to get a smooth opening, drywall punch in one place and, from there, start to cut.


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