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Hardware Tip of the Week: Drywall Cutouts and Saving Face; Protect The Wood

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Drywall Cutouts: Often when measuring it doesn’t matter how carefully it was done, you miss the mark fit-wise. This requires re-measuring and re-cutting until it does line-up and fit. However, there’s an easier foolproof way, that you probably never even thought of using.
Apply a little lipstick or crayon on the front edge of the electrical box or light switch you want to surround.
Then put the panel in place and push. As it squeezes against the box or switch the color outline will transfer onto the panel. Just remove it, turn it over and it’ll tell you exactly where to cut.
Protect Wood: When you’re ready to hammer and nail in the trim, you’ll want to protect where the nails go into the wood. Here’s how you can put a shield in place. When nailing decorative molding or any type of milled woodwork or painted trim, don’t let a mis-guided hammer blow ruin the surface.
Instead, protect it with a simple homemade shield. To protect decorative trim from wayward hammer strikes, cut a piece of pegboard a few inches square. Then start the nail in with a few light taps. Slip one of the holes in the peg board shield over the nail head and hammer away with gusto. You can do this without fear of damage should your aim waver a tad. Once you’ve driven a nail as far in as possible, lift off the shield and finish the job with a nailset.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.