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I do love the oscillating tool for this but if you are on a budget utility knife and elbow grease will do. I wouldn't worry about making a perfectly straight cut or patch since you are going to use drywall compound to fill around it anyway and too tight just makes a weak joint. You're fortunate you have all that wood in behind to screw the patch too. Hint: ...


I use a RotoZip (, because it plunge cuts to exactly the depth of the drywall without cutting into anything behind it. It can also accommodate a shopvac to collect the dust. I cut right down the middle of studs, making it easy to screw in a replacement piece flush with the original sheet. It has a clear shroud and LED illumination ...


Mini hack-saw (if that's the general name) + straight edge:


The best tool for the job as Aloysius stated is an oscillating tool. If you are on a budget or just want to cut one or two holes, a jab saw (often called a drywall saw) is your best bet (Example picture below).


for a clean cut, really a craft knife is the only tool that can deliver. Saws and powertools will leave the edge of the paper rough. Not that you couldn't use a power tool. but powertoos makea lot of dust and afterwards you'd need to clean the edge up by trimming with a knife. For a short cut like pictured, I'd just carve a v groove in the drywall with the ...


Obvious cheap answer is a craft knife - cut along a steel rule for a straight edge. It's a slow job but it'll do. Or faster using a broken hacksaw blade in a handle designed so the blade sticks out a couple of inches. Or use a jigsaw with a shortened blade that will just miss the wood at the lowest point of its stroke. Make certain there are no wires or ...


Hmm some options... A Dremel or rotary tool can be set up as a drywall cutout tool, which is a single purpose version built for hard use. Because of the wood backing, you need cutout bits with flutes right to the end so you can set it to the correct depth and not have too much interference with the old wood behind. Just cut straight lines and you're good. ...


You want an oscillating tool. Fein made it first, but everybody has one now. If your battery platform of choice has a model, go battery. If not, there are plenty of corded ones out there. As an example:

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