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How to make an opening in an exterior wall


A cross-section view of a typical exterior wall with lap siding.

 

Step 1. From inside the house, drill through the wall at the corners of the framed opening. Push casing nails through the holes to mark their location. For round-top windows, drill holes around the curved outline.

 

Step 2. Measure the distance between the nails on the outside of the house to make sure the dimensions are accurate. Mark the cutting lines with a chalk line stretched between the nails. Push the nails back through the wall.

 

Step 3. Nail a straight 1 x 4 flush with the inside edge of the right cutting line. sink the nail heads with a nail set to prevent scratches to the foot of the saw. Set the circular saw to its maximum blade depth.

 

 

 

 

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