Watch this video to learn how to cut an opening in a partition wall. You can then install a window
Don't forget to watch the next video to install the window and finishing touches. Get the full program on the website!
Making home improvements for the first time? Help is at hand! This specially designed video will take you step by step through the process of making an opening in a partition wall.
In this video we are going to learn how to make an opening in a partition wall
Here, we will make an opening in a wall made from plasterboard, so that it can be fitted with a window
This job is fairly simple, but will require preparation as well as precision
depending on the size of the opening you wish to create, it is advisable to ask someone to help you with this project
as well as your toolbox, you will need, a hand saw, an angle grinder, a mason's straightedge, a hole saw as well as metal stud rails for plasterboard
Begin by protecting your floor, furniture and other belongings on either side of the wall. Then decide on the dimensions for your future opening
Before beginning, it is strongly advised that you test your wall with a metal detector, then make a test cut into your wall using a hole saw. pierce your wall with the hole saw to see its components
Here, the plasterboard wall has a metal frame which you can use as a marker to help you when cutting
Trace a line using your straightedge which follows the metal framework within your wall making sure that it is straight. Use a spirit level to help you
Then trace a line perpendicular to this one at the height you have previously decided upon. Then, trace the outline of your opening, making sure that all edges are straight and level.
Measure your diagonals to ensure that your angles are straight. Your diagonal lines should be exactly the same length
You will be able to saw your plasterboard using a handsaw
To help your first cut, pierce each corner of the opening with your hole saw
When all four edges are sawed, remove the plasterboard and remove the insulation within
You can now screw in a metal stud rail inside the partition wall which will reinforce your opening
Measure the width of your opening and cut the metal rail 10cm longer than this length on either end
The metal rail can be easily cut using a pincer or a strong pair of pliers
Insert your metal rail into the partition wall and screw it in using plasterboard screws placed every 20cm
Use an angle grinder to saw the metal rails found within the partition, which you will need to remove
Saw right to the level of your opening. Be careful of flying sparks
You will now be able to remove the other side of your partition wall
Make holes in all four corners using the hole saw, then saw the corners
transfer your measurements to trace the outline of the opening, then saw
Be careful - asking someone to help you when removing the plasterboard
Your opening is now finished, but it must be reinforced with metal stud rails on the top and bottom of the frame
Cut the metal rails down to the right length and install them inside the opening
screw them in securely
Your opening is now completely finished, and you can set about installing your interior window.