Punch a clean hole through drywall

Trying to make a hole in drywall for a toggle bolt is typically a messy process, especially when you use a screwdriver or a star drill.

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Bernie Gavlick, MK Gavlick Inc.

Problem

Trying to make a hole in drywall for a toggle bolt is typically a messy process, especially when you use a screwdriver or a star drill.

Solution

Punching the hole through the drywall with a length of 1/2-inch emt conduit is much cleaner. The hole punches through without a lot of dust or debris.

procedure

1 Cut or find an 8- to 12-inch-long piece of scrap emt conduit.

2 Cut one end of the conduit at a 45o angle.

3 Hold the conduit in one hand and, using the other hand, pound the angled end of the conduit into the drywall with a hammer.

4 As you hit the conduit with the hammer, slowly twist the conduit (either clockwise or counterclockwise, whichever is easier).

5 Using this approach, you will make a clean, perfectly sized hole for toggle bolts that can be used to mount racks and other equipment to the wall.

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Holding the conduit in one hand, slowly twist it as you hammer the angled end into the drywall to make a clean hole.

Bernie Gavlick is an electrical worker with 20 years of experience and a member of ibew Local 163 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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