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Cutting holes in panels

General Tools And Materials:

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  • Tape
Measure Tape Measure
  • Screw Gun/
Drill Driver
& Bits Screw Gun/ Drill Driver & Bits
  • Jig Saw
Finish Blade Jig Saw with Finish Blade
  • Caulk /
Chalk /
Paint Caulk / Chalk / Paint
  • Pencil Pencil
  • Course Grit
Sandpaper Course Grit Sandpaper
  • Caulk Gun Caulk Gun
  • Safety
Glasses Safety Glasses

Consult a licensed electrician if your installation requires electrical work that you are unfamiliar with.

  • Be sure to obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.
  • Wear safety glasses during the entire installation process.
  • Always comply with clearances set forth by the manufacturer of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat source.

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Step 1

Plan the Installation

  1. Trim and dry fit panels for the row where hole is required (example light switch, cable wire). Determine which panel(s) will need to be cut.
  2. Consult the appropriate Panel Installation Guide for full installation instructions.

Step 2

Mark Location


  • Caulk/Chalk/Paint
  1. Remove outlet cover or decorative pieces.
  2. Outline the perimeter of the box or hole with a material that will transfer a mark to the back of the panel. Chalk, paint or caulk all work well.
  3. Press the panel against the wall and mark the back of the panel.

Pro Tip: Install the panels leading up to the outlet before marking the panel to cut.

Step 3

Cut Panel


  • Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits
  • Jig Saw with Finish Blade
  1. Drill pilot holes in the corners.
  2. Use a jig saw to cut along the outline of the outlet surround marked in Step 2.

Pro Tip: Cut about 1/8” inside the lines to allow for a snug fit.

Step 4

Dry Fit


  • Course Grit Sandpaper
  1. Hold the panel up to the wall and ensure that the hole is centered on the outlet.
  2. If needed, use a coarse grit sandpaper to adjust the hole.

Step 5

Install Panels & Finish as Appropriate

  1. Install the rest of the panels based on the appropriate panel installation guide.