Outlet Marker tip from the this old house reader remodel issue 2012
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Outlet Marker

I was installing beadboard panels on the kitchen walls, a fairly easy task—until it came to cutting the holes for the electrical outlets. Then I had this thought: Take off the outlet cover, screw it on backwards, paint its outer rim white, and then—before the paint dries—press the panel against it. Sure enough, I got an accurate line to guide the cut without measuring.

Dan Myers
Fishers, Indiana
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