Cutting Holes in Plaster and Lath
We also went to work getting the electrical box holes made. Â Our technique was to start with a tile bit on the roto-zip.
We used that to cut through the plaster in a controlled fashion. Â I’ve seen that you can use a utility knife and plan on dulling the blade with each cut but since we have the roto-zip, we used that. Â The roto-zip makes a HUGE mess so the shop-vac attachment is a must even in our dirty dusty house.
After the plaster is removed from the opening, we changed out the bit for a multi-purpose wood bit.
For the low-voltage work (ethernet, cable, and phone) the backless low-voltage boxes will work. Â However, we are having insulation blown in and the backless boxes are just going to fill with insulation and make a big mess so we opted to use plastic boxes.
I’ve still got a bunch more boxes to do but this is a well-compartmentalized project that I can do between helping Stefan with the “heavy lifting” on some of the bigger projects. Â I am determined not to just be a tool girl but at the same time I have a hard time controlling some of the tools so projects like these outlet boxes are great for me. Â They allow me to get stuff done independently of any heavy machinery.
That’s the short version of how to cut a nice hole in plaster and lath. Â Do you have anyÂ preferredÂ plaster cutting tools or does the term plaster and lath just make you ever more thankful for your nice drywall walls?
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