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Old 02-15-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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I have a structured wiring box for my home automation equipment. It is 14 and 1/4 inch wide. I cut open the wall to find my wall studs are 14 and 1/8 inch apart. Nothing is ever easy. I need an extra 1/8 of an inch. I've thought about a lot of things and nothing is easy. Until this idea. Can I just cut two horizontal headers at 14 and 5/16 and then sledge hammer, wedge them at the top and bottom. I know that I can, but will I likely destroy the sheetrock on the other side (back) of this wall cavity. That is what I am trying to avoid. Sounds easy. Any ideas?

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I will likely at least damage it where the existing screw/nails are. Add a few more screws and mud up the holes.

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Thanks, I am hoping that would be the only damage at the screw locations which is an easy fix.
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Dremel, or the cheap off-brand equivalent. You will be amazed what you can do.

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Dremel, or the cheap off-brand equivalent. You will be amazed what you can do.

Judging by the Dremel I bought (and later ditched for a sonicrafter) it won't handle it. Use a circular saw to remove as much as you can, then use the oscillating tool for the hard to reach places

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Judging by the Dremel I bought (at later ditched for a sonicrafter) it won't handle it. Use a circular saw to remove as much as you can, then use the oscillating tool for the hard to reach places
I bought a cheapo Harbor Freight tool of this type and it worked fine to trim out old hardened framing for an installation quite similar to this.
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I'd say just wedge the studs like you planned originally. You might not even do any damage to the drywall on the other side. If you do, a swipe with some 20 minute compound and you're done. I have the Bosch oscillating tool that would have no problem shaving that stud down, but it would be more trouble than necessary.
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I agree, just go for it. If that little bit is all you have to go, it probably won't be a big deal. You might use a smaller hammer than a sledge to start with. If you do pop some screws, check out these tips on small sheetrock repairs http://www.youfixityourself.com/arti..._texture2.html
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1/8"? Sounds like a job for a chisel.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:33 PM   #10
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why can't you just notch the stud slightly? this could be accomplished numerous ways, the easiest would be a series of close cuts with a sawzaw popped out with a chisel. i might be a little concerned about unnecessary damage with a sawzaw, so using a small hand saw would work fine too.
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If you do try the wedge idea, I'd almost try lubricate the end of the peices youre trying slam in....perhaps you won't have to beat on it quite so hard and of course that may limit damage to the drywall on the other side...idk, just thinking out loud

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