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  • Here's a wall I want to cut for a doorway.  My utility knife has a new blade and my straight-edge is wide (important for safety!!)
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  • I am marking the "rough opening" on the wall.
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  • Standard interior doors use 3 1/16 x 7 1/16, but check the listing for the cutout of the door you have selected.
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  • I have marked exactly the same layout on the interior wall too.  Check that the layouts line up with each other.  It is surprisingly easy to mix them up
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  • Hold down hard on the straight-edge, but cut gently with the knife.  Many light cuts are safer and less likely to slip.  Make two straight up-and-down cuts along each line in your layout
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  • Very gently, make a slow angled cut to clear away a ribbon of wall material.  The clearing cut is on the waste side of the straight cut
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  • A ribbon will be lifted away.  Gentle, careful, safe!
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  • Now another straight cut
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  • Chop the end of the cut by laying the knife flat on the edge and press down - rocking the knife instead of slicing
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  • An angled rocking-cut to take out the "V" at the edge of the wall
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  • Each line gets straight cuts and angled cuts
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  • Work the corners with the tip using the same rocking-style as on the edge
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  • and the "V" gets deeper with each pass
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  • until you are about half-way thru the wall
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  • Same process on the outside
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  • Straight cuts
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  • and clearing cuts
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  • until you are through
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  • done
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