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Old 09-16-2010, 11:17 AM   #1
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The wife would like a recessed cabinet in our bathroom. Not problem cutting a big hole in the wall is easy

First I use a stud finder, and come to find out there is a stud right in the middle of where she wants it.

Now I know FOR SURE this is a non load bearing wall, so that makes things easier, but I am not sure how to handle this, what is the procedure when this happens?

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how big a cabinet are you talking? if its just medicine cabinet sized, you should be able to cut the stud out as needed, and put a horizontal stud (header sort of) at the top and bottom of the opening.

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1. Draw a big square on the wall where you want the cabinet.

2. Accept that you may be sacrificing a saw blade for this. (If you don't have a Sawzall with a good tri-metal demolition blade)

3. Cut out the d/w or plaster on the line. (Set your sqw blade to only go through the wall surface, and about 1/8" deeper... to miss any possible electric or plumbing back in the wall.)

4. Finish the hole by worrying out that last back portion of the stud if you have to with a hand saw. (I have both a Sawzall and a Multi-tool, so this part is easier for me.) You MAY mess up the other side of the wall doing this because of the screws on the backside of the stud, so work carefully here so you won't have too much to patch over in the opposing room.

5. Check to see that you have good clearance for the proposed cabinet.

6. Line the insides of the edges with studs cut to length that will be used as "nailers" into which you will screw the sides (and possibly top and bottom) of the cabinet.

7. Build the cabinet... Slide it in the hole... Level it all up... Screw it into place... Trim it out.

And you are done.

Here's a picture of mine done exactly this way:
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You'll have a lot more to do if you find there's any wiring running through where you want to put the cabinet. It'll likely be too short to reroute, and you can't conceal a junction box.
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Not ideal but whats to stop you from placing the access to the electrical junction box inside the cabinet?
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You'll have a lot more to do if you find there's any wiring running through where you want to put the cabinet. It'll likely be too short to reroute, and you can't conceal a junction box.
one solution would be to add an outlet on each side of the hole.
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