Cruel looking device
just made my life easier.
Careful where you step!
Every once in a while, I have a good idea.
So yesterday, I wasted two nicely-cut sections of drywall by misplacing or mis-sizing the outlet holes. As DH can attest, I was about to have a meltdown. So I did a Google search to see if anyone had good advice about how not to screw it up. (And to preempt any well meaning advice, the outlet boxes are already wired, so the handy lipstick trick is useless. I can’t put the drywall flush against the outlet boxes). The first thing that came up was this brilliant tool.
“Perfect!” I thought, “my woes are over!”
Of course, being a Sunday after five, there was nowhere to purchase the amazing tool (Home Depot doesn’t carry them. I asked the guy in the drywall department – he said “Wow – that would be really handy. I’ve never heard of one of those…”)
So what’s a girl to do when she just has to finish the wall before dinner, without ruining yet another piece? She buys a $.69 faceplate, turns it over to note the convenient little circles that correspond to the edge of the outlet box, and starts pounding nails. Then, when the drywall section is properly cut, she attaches the pointy face plate to the outlet box (so don’t lose the screws!), lines up the drywall, and gives it a push.
Ta Da! You should have six little puncture marks to show where the outlet hole should be cut.