Step 2: Make cutout lines

marking a wall to cut out drywall for niche installation
Photos: Chip Henderson
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Place a level on the reference mark and draw a horizontal line to represent the bottom of the cutout; be sure the line extends between two studs. Draw the vertical lines alongside the edge of each stud, then mark the top line. Note that the top corners of the cutout slope down at a 45-degree angle.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape

    • two-foot level
      Level

    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw

    • finish hammer
      Hammer

    • caulk gun
      Adhesive gun

    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun

    Shopping List

    1. Urethane-foam wall niche

    2. Urethane adhesive
    used to adhere the niche to the wall surface

    3. Plastic drop cloth
    used to catch dust

    4. Painter’s tape
    for attaching drop cloth to wall

    5. Paint
    used to finish the niche

    6. 2 1/2-inch finishing nails
    for securing wall niche

    7. 2x4 blocking
    installed horizontally between studs at top and bottom of wall opening

    8. 2-inch drywall screws
    used to fasten 2x4 blocking to wall studs

    9. Spackling compound
    for filling nail holes