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    Default Stainless steel backsplash help.

    Going to place stainless steel up for kitchen counter back splash. How would you suggest I cut out the electrical outlet box holes.
    I have a plasma cutter, jig saw and a Metabo Die grinder adj speed.
    I know I could practice with all of these but wanted some expert help.
    So what do you chap's suggest.
    Thank you for offering help in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmpgino View Post
    Going to place stainless steel up for kitchen counter back splash. How would you suggest I cut out the electrical outlet box holes.
    I have a plasma cutter, jig saw and a Metabo Die grinder adj speed.
    I know I could practice with all of these but wanted some expert help.
    So what do you chap's suggest.
    Thank you for offering help in advance.
    It would depend on where you cut it. If it's already in place I would use an air powered cut off tool, high speed with low torque make it possible to overpower it if it tries to jump. The plasma cutter is a good idea, I worry about distortion, and it isn't a good tool to use in the house. If your boxes are already mounted in the wall, thread screws into each of the receptacle holding screws, put a dab of paint or nail polish on the head of the screw, offer up the backsplash so the screw heads are perfectly placed. If boxes are flush use a identical box as a template to mark the hole.If not, Use A BE-1 Arlington or Carlon makes some box extensions that work well. Use safety gear, and caution! I have done it with a 4-1/2" grinder equipped with cut off wheel, I would not recommend it if you aren't absolutely confident of your ability.

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    If it's not installed I would plasma it. Cover plates lip over pretty well. You might wanna find the size of the cover plates that are going to be used, so you can know exactly the amount of coverage you will have.

    Hopefully retro boxes are planned to be used so you aren't relying on a sparky's box placement. If you are using a retro box, I always try to cut them in nice and tight so you don't have to rely on the mounting tangs to keep the box in position.
    Last edited by Cgotto6; 03-10-2014 at 07:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cgotto6 View Post
    If it's not installed I would plasma it. Cover plates lip over pretty well. You might wanna find the size of the cover plates that are going to be used, so you can know exactly the amount of coverage you will have.

    Hopefully retro boxes are planned to be used so you aren't relying on a sparky's box placement. If you are using a retro box, I always try to cut them in nice and tight so you don't have to rely on the mounting tangs to keep the box in position.
    No the steel is not in place, I intend to pre cut and then install over the current wall, not hard, the measurements should be easily done, I just do not want the obvious colour change when cutting the holes and this stuff is hard, very hard.

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    Can you do a test with the plasma on scrap of the same material? Then you could see if you have coverage from the cover plate to any discolored portion.

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    Default Stainless steel backsplash help.

    Plasma if you have decent sized wall plates and can do it without spitting hot metal on to anything that shows. Die grinder with cutoff wheel can be much more precise and clean if you take your time. If you cut with any toothed blade, slow speed and high pressure. Stainless steels work harden easily.

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