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SecretAsianMan 01-23-2010 06:04 PM

Removing breakfast bar
I have a smallish condo that has (had) a breakfast bar off the main kitchen counter. In order to gain some counter space back, I decided to rip out the breakfast bar with the intent of getting a new quartz counter in to cover the whole area.

It looks like I need to bring the drywall and studs down to the same height as the cabinet boxes. In an effort to avoid redoing all the drywall, is it possible to cut the studs down to height in place instead of yanking them down and doing it "the right way"? I'm thinking trying to carefully cut sideways with a hacksaw is going to be stupidly awkward, but it might be worth saving me the hassle of redoing the drywall there.

firehawkmph 01-23-2010 08:16 PM

Mike Hawkins:)

Ron6519 01-24-2010 08:24 AM

You would use a saw for wood, not metal(hacksaw). Cutting a level line as you describe takes a little experience. It can be done with a simple hand saw. Just make sure there are no electric wires running through the wall. To steady the cut, you can mount a straight edge opposite the cabinets and use it for a guide. After the cut is complete, fill in the gaps with blocking.
Realize that you will need to fill in the sides with sheetrock where you lowered the wall.

SecretAsianMan 01-24-2010 04:26 PM

Thanks. Yeah I was thinking hacksaw to start because of metal corner bead on the drywall.

How level do the studs need to be /w the cabinets for putting granite or quartz counter over it? If they're not bang on can it be adjusted easily /w shims?

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