How to Install Sheetrock Around Electrical Boxes

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Installing sheetrock around electrical boxes requires you to always make sure that you're measuring properly. Install sheetrock around electrical boxes with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone, I'm Joshua Clement and this is how to install Sheetrock around your electrical boxes. Now, this area is where a lot of people mess up. They measure wrong or they make a wrong cut. So, I'm going to show you how to do it without messing up. For this job, I'm going to be using a Sawzall, if you have a keyhole saw, that will work too. You also need a drill with a number two Philips tidbit, a tape measure, a razor blade, something to make marks on your wall with and plenty of drywall screws. First thing we're going to do is take your measurement from where the drywall is going to be pushed up to, whether it'd be a corner or an outside corner. So, take your tape measure, put it there and run it across. Now, once we get there, we're going to take our pencil or pen and put a couple of marks on our tape measure. We want to go just wide of the box. And then, we'll measure up from our next piece of drywall or from the floor. In this case, we're going to go from our next piece of drywall up, make a couple of marks. Then, we're going to take our drywall that's going up here, go ahead and lay it out and put our marks on there. Now, we're going to take our keyhole saw or Sawzall and go ahead and cut this box up. Now, we're going to pick our drywall up and set it over our box. And then, you'll go ahead and screw your drywall off. Don't be worried about the gaps around the box, it's supposed to be like that; that way you can get on there nice and snug. Then, when the motors come in, they're going to fill that with insulation and cover it up with mud. Then, you'll go ahead and put your cover plate on. Putting lines on your tape measure can make the job go a lot faster. That way, all you have to do is follow your tape measure down, find those lines and put your marks on. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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