How to Make Cuts in Stucco for an Electrical Outlet Box

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Installing an electrical outlet into a stucco covered wall will mean that a hole has to be cut into it and while cutting the hole is not difficult, there is some danger in the process. It is possible that the stucco will chip when it is cut; so it is important that you take precautions against the material cutting you or flying into your eye.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Drill with a carbide drill bit
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Use the pencil to mark the area on the wall that you want to cut out. Use the electrical outlet box that you are going to install as a guide to how big the hole needs to be. Run a piece of masking tape along the lines you have marked; that will help prevent the stucco from chipping.

  • Put the safety glasses on to protect you from stucco chips and drill a series of holes around the inside edge of the masking tape. How far apart these holes are will depend on the size of the opening that you are cutting into the wall, but they should be no more than 2 - 3 inches apart.

  • Put the gloves on and use the hammer and chisel to remove the stucco from around the edges of the area that you have marked. When you have gone all the way around, the stucco should come out in one piece. There will be a sheet of plywood behind the stucco which will also need to be removed before you can install the electrical outlet.

  • Remove the masking tape.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses and gloves when cutting into and removing stucco.

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