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Old 10-28-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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I come up with great ideas, but they do not always work real well!

I have a standard interior 2X4 16 OC wall with 1/2 board on each side, non load bearing wall with no elec or plumbing.

I want to make a cutout/recess in the wall to set the fridge back a few inches.

I am thinking cut out the 2X4 and put some horizontal 1X to support the drywall on the other side. With a header and studs as necessary and finished drywall for fire of course.

All input, thoughts, suggestions and wise cracks greatly appreciated. JIm

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Old 10-28-2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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We do that , except use 2x4 on flat.
so drywall on other side of wall, 2x4 on flat, Drywall fridge side of wall. Works as long as no plumbing in that area.
Gains you 2" of space to move the fridge back.
Frame the area basically like a door opening.

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Old 10-28-2012, 06:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I'm thinking 1X instead of 2X4, no drywall, can't see it anyway! Mount receptacle on side? Would be 3 1/4" more. Maybe use poplar 1X if strength is issue?

Are you removing the sill plate also?

Use adhesive on 1X in the field and screw ends to studs?

Good description frame like door opening! JIm
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we used a 2x4 on the flat in that area for a sill plate.
Adhesive and screws in ends is fine. Yep, 1" screws there.
How you going to fasten the 1x4's on the flat to the stud work?
Pretty hard to toe nail, toe screw them, only have 3/4", I guess predrill hole just bigger then screw shank,Heads don't need sunk in unless you want.
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Thanks for the response, always appreciated.

I seldom use nails, I am a screwaholic and need help! Screws are better in a situation like this where there is possibility of damaging original work by banging on it.

I would try to do this with Little to no damage to original drywall. The 1x I would use an adhesive on in the field and not screw to original drywall. I am thinking running the 1X horizontally. The ends of the 1X I would predrill and counter sink and toe screw? top and bottom to the studs, putting screws inline with 1X stock.

This might be too time consuming for a contractor, but I am a retired homeowner with too much time on my hands!

Any holes in my ideas? Is toe screw a professional term? JIm
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