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My electrian took off a 6" x 20" piece of drywall above our stove range (see attached photo), and now I'm trying to put it back & patch up the seams. The drywall used to sit flat against the wood behind it, but now it protrudes about 1/8" because of the metal plates the electrician nailed into the wood.

I thought one way to make it sit flush is to shave the back of the drywall piece to make room for the metal plates. But I'm afraid that there may not be a way to shave off 1/8" off the back of the drywall without having the drywall crack and crumble. Is there a trick to do this?

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JUSTA MEMBER
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You may find that scoring the paper and pulling it off will be enough.

otherwise use a drywall rasp as well as removing the paper.

Editing: Use a thin carpet padding, under your patch piece while rasping on it, this cushions it some to prevent a major crack, rasp with care, and make lots of dust, vacuum it well afterwards.


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I would take a piece of scrap 2X4 down to any lumber yard that has a table saw and have them rip it into 1/8 inch thick strips for you. Install those strips on each side of your metal, and then put 3/8 inch thick drywall over that.
 

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On a positive note.....the electrician at least installed the nail blocks

and if it was me....do as most have suggested....cut the paper and then use a drywall rasp to thin it down. Except for the mess, it's actually an easy task
 
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