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jam92102

12:58PM | 10/03/04
Member Since: 10/02/04
20 lifetime posts
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Hi everbody. I'm installing electrical boxes in my unfinished garage. If I'm correct I need the box to be 1/2" past the 2x4 in order to be flush with 1/2" drywall. My question is if my measurements are right I can cut a board 1 and 11/16" wide to set behind the boxes as I nail them into the stud that way they're perfectly level and sticking out just the right amount. Does this sound like a reasonable thing to do or is there another trick you all use. Please steer me in the right direction.

Thanks for any help you all can give!

Jim

Tom O

03:54PM | 10/04/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
I know you think you can read all those little marks on the tape measure, but you're assuming that the studs are square to the floor and perfectly plumb. That just isn't so & that is why it is called rough framing. So even if you do read the tape right, you can still end up with a bad fit.

Your best bet is to borrow or rent a Roto-Zip. No measuring involved, just put up the drywall & route out the hole.

Tom

jam92102

10:36AM | 10/05/04
Member Since: 10/02/04
20 lifetime posts
That makes sense. So what I'm getting from your answer, and please correct me if I'm wrong, is there is no way to get them perfect? I was kind of hoping that there was some carpenters trick but what your saying sounds pretty logical. So maybe if I just measure the same distance from the floor and then try to bring them out far enough? That's about all I can do right? Thanks for the help.

Thanks for any help you all can give!

Jim

Tom O

05:07PM | 10/08/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Jim,

What my brother-in-law does is rub the front edges of a box with a stick of oleo (don't use butter, too expensive), then he puts the drywall into place & presses it against the box. This transfers a greasy looking line to the back side of the drywall, then he lowers the sheet to the floor & curts out the hole using the greasy line as a guide. He does pretty good with this method, but I still think a Roto-Zip is faster.

Tom
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