Step 3: Install nailing blocks

Cut four short 1x4s to serve as nailing blocks for the new drywall patch «»
Cut four short 1x4s to serve as nailing blocks for the new drywall patch. Cut two pieces 8 inches long and two others equal to one-third the width of the opening. (For a 4-foot-wide opening, cut the 1x4s 16 inches long.) Nail the shorter 1x4s to the trimmer studs on each side of the opening and fasten the longer ones to the header above.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • utility knife
      Utility knife, for scoring around casings
    • flat prybar
      Pry bar, used to remove casings
    • drill
      Drill/driver, for driving drywall screws
    • hand saw
      Handsaw, for cutting 1x4 blocking
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw, for cutting drywall
    • drywall knife
      Drywall knife, for applying joint compound

    Shopping List

    1. ARCHWAY KIT

    2. ½-INCH FINISHING NAILS

    3. ½-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    4. DRYWALL

    5. 120-GRIT SANDPAPER

    6. PRIME AND PAINT

    7. DROP CLOTH