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Old 06-23-2008, 09:57 AM   #1
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I'm in the process of hanging drywall in my basement and am cutting out the holes for switches and outlets by measuring from sides/top/bottom. Accidently, I cut one hole about an inch lower than it should be and so I had to cut another inch on the top to make it fit. Now the problem is that when I eventually finish and put a faceplate on it, a portion of the hole will show out.
What's the best way to cover that. If it helps, I still have access to the drywall sheet from the back as well (from framing side, that is).
Suggestions please.

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scrap piece of drywall or small piece of plywood BEHIND the area(can be glued and or screwed),,a small piece of drywall glued to that backerboard,,,tape and finish over THAT!!

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That will work great. In addition, when you're mudding, go around each box and fill in the gap between the box and the drywall...it'll take care of any oversized/overcut holes and make for a neater more professional look. Lightly sand before texturing or priming and you'll be good to go.
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You can try these outlet patches:
http://www.all-wall.com/acatalog/Str...ex.php#aSFOP20
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scrap piece of drywall or small piece of plywood BEHIND the area(can be glued and or screwed),,a small piece of drywall glued to that backerboard,,,tape and finish over THAT!!
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Thank you all for the responses. I think I will try sticking a piece of wood behind it and glue a piece of drywall to cover up my mistake.

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You can also purchase over sized wall plates as well.

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