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Open Spaces



Wanted to add more light to the living room area and easier access to the dining room with the holidays quickly approaching. The firdt thing you have to do is find a good center point and focus area of traffic. I began by marking the center point of the wall so the waynes coating would be split evenly for a 48 inch entrence way. Second i marked the height so the finished header would match the rest of the entry doors in the room. Then i took a level and marked my plumb, and level across the top. Cut power to both rooms since there was electricsl outlets on both sides, removed drywall by scoring my marked lines with a razor blade till i was able to safely remove a section and inspect the wiring and support studs. Upon inspection i found out that it was not a load bearing wall and disconnected the electric from the outlets and marked each one with painters tape for its location. Removed the studs and re ran the emectric up through floor boards to run back into outlets. Connected outlets and tested the lines before supplying power to the switchs. Once that was secured and safe i moved onto the framing. I padded the studs for the door frame out with smaller pieces joined to the studs in the wall. Finished with 1 by 5 and trim, then painted the trim installed after caulking all seems and gaps. Finsihed with touch up paint and a piece of flloring i had left over from laminating the dining room.

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  • Awesome! Thanks for sharing the details. There may be some others who are inspired to take on such a big project. Great results!
    By RYOBI Nation, on November 21, 2018

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Open Spaces

by Kirks Construction
Nov 15, 2018
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Wanted to add more light to the living room area and easier access to the dining room with the holidays quickly approaching. The firdt thing you have to do is find a good center point and focus area of traffic. I began by marking the center point of the wall so the waynes coating would be split evenly for a 48 inch entrence way. Second i marked the height so the finished header would match the rest of the entry doors in the room. Then i took a level and marked my plumb, and level across the top. Cut power to both rooms since there was electricsl outlets on both sides, removed drywall by scoring my marked lines with a razor blade till i was able to safely remove a section and inspect the wiring and support studs. Upon inspection i found out that it was not a load bearing wall and disconnected the electric from the outlets and marked each one with painters tape for its location. Removed the studs and re ran the emectric up through floor boards to run back into outlets. Connected outlets and tested the lines before supplying power to the switchs. Once that was secured and safe i moved onto the framing. I padded the studs for the door frame out with smaller pieces joined to the studs in the wall. Finished with 1 by 5 and trim, then painted the trim installed after caulking all seems and gaps. Finsihed with touch up paint and a piece of flloring i had left over from laminating the dining room.