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Theres a Better Way

How to Cut a Hole in a Ceiling Without Making a Mess

comments (0) February 14th, 2014 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

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If you've got to cut a hole in a drywall ceiling for a light fixture or some other electrical device, you could just let the dust and debris fall and clean it up later, but there's a better way.

Tom Hazelleaf from Seal Beach, Calif., had to cut a hole in his ceiling for a vent fan, and rather than let the dust go
all over the place, he figured out a way to capture it all so none of it escaped--and cleanup was a snap.

Here's what he does: He's got a plastic storage bin that he's going to press against the ceiling with a mast. The mast is nothing more than a board with a crossbar fastened across the top and bottom. The length of the mast is 1/2 in. longer than the distance from the floor to the bottom of the bin. That way it can be sprung into position to hold the bin tight to the ceiling while he goes in the attic and cuts the hole from above.

Tom, great tip. Thank you so much for sending it to us.

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