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Blind Mark Drywall Electrical Box Locating Tool Kit (4-Pieces)
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Blind Mark

Drywall Electrical Box Locating Tool Kit (4-Pieces)

$29.38 /each

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The Blind Mark will help you get perfect drywall cutouts with no measuring. Just insert the target in the receptacle before hanging drywall. When you're ready to cut the hole, hold the Blind Mark Locator magnet over the area where you think the receptacle is located. When it finds the receptacle, the magnets will snap precisely into place where the receptacle is located. Trace around the locator, cut, then install. With the Blind Mark you simply put it up once, cut the hole and you're done.

  • Works on drywall, plywood, particle board, laminated flooring, masonite, exterior siding, cement board, tile backsplashes, slate and more
  • Target magnets fit standard single or multi-gang, standard or thin plastic or metal boxes for any new construction installation
  • No more measuring and no risk of mis-measuring - just locate the receptacle, mark, cut and you're done
  • Twice as easy as other receptacle locating methods because you only lift the drywall once
  • You can even use it as a stud finder
  • Includes 3 target magnets so you can easily find multiple boxes at once, saving time

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Will Blind mark word with galvanized electrical boxes?

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July 1, 2016
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Yes, it will. But you may have to cut inside the lines drawn around the template. (The device that goes on the outside of the wall.) This is because the template is sized for single gang PVC boxes, and the galvanized box will probably slightly smaller. It depends on who made the box, and the style of the box. This is especially true of boxes that have the holes for device mounting outside the box.
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June 28, 2016
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It depends if there are holes at the top and bottom (the ones for outlet attachment). If these are anywhere in the range of 3 1/4 to 4 inches in height, then this kit will work, as it has adjustable springs as well. You may be able to put two or three of the magnets side by side to get your desired box cut as well.
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May 3, 2016
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yes it will because it just fits into the existing screw holes and it holds the magnet piece in place until you match it up with the locator side
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February 3, 2016
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Yep.. works with steel or plastic boxes.
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New HAven, CT
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December 8, 2015
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Yes! It should. The pick up magnets on the unit is located well away from the metal box. You should have no problem.
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October 23, 2015
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Yes, provided the holes in the box are designed for electrical outlets or switches.
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Carson City, NV
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October 2, 2015
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This is Jennifer of Calculated Industries Marketing Dept. and yes, the targets which go into the outlets, can be used in any type/material box - plastic or metal. If you have a multi box - use a target in each end. Hope that helps!
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I'm tearing out a wood paneling in a house and installing new drywall. Do I need to remove all the outlets and switches

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It depends on how big the cutouts for the devices are, and if the ears were removed from the devices. Remove the wall plate, and look to see if the paneling will clear the device when you remove it.
If the drywall you are installing is thicker then the paneling, you will need to add an extension to the box so the it is flush with the front of the drywall. They make adjustable extensions just for this Read More
It depends on how big the cutouts for the devices are, and if the ears were removed from the devices. Remove the wall plate, and look to see if the paneling will clear the device when you remove it.
If the drywall you are installing is thicker then the paneling, you will need to add an extension to the box so the it is flush with the front of the drywall. They make adjustable extensions just for this application. Read Less
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June 28, 2016
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Yes, unfortunately, you will have to remove the outlets because the space is needed for the magnet. That's really the only con I find with this kit.
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Wichita, KS, USA
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June 25, 2016
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You will need to remove the switches and outlets hardware so the base magnets will be flush with the edges of the electrical box. This allows you to screw the drywall down before you do the cutouts and the finished cutouts will be flat and perfect.
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Boynton Beach, FL
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June 20, 2016
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The tool requires that the "target" be placed in the box, so that the "locator" can find it. It will be necessary to remove the outlet or switch (but probably not the wiring) to provide room for the "target" in the box.
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February 3, 2016
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Yes. You will need to remove the outlets and switches - mark the wires (load/line if necessary) and put wire nuts on each end and push the wires deep back inside the box before placing the Blind-Mark box locator over the electrical box. Always remember to cut the power before working with electricity. Install drywall and simply locate the box with magnet and cut. That easy.
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If you mean will you have to unscrew the outlets and switches from their electrical boxes, the answer is Yes (be sure to turn off the power first before fooling with them!).
The reason is that the metal tabs ("ears") at the top and bottom of each outlet or switch are screwed down tight against the paneling (you will see that once your remove the outlet or switch covers). Your paneling may be thin enough Read More
If you mean will you have to unscrew the outlets and switches from their electrical boxes, the answer is Yes (be sure to turn off the power first before fooling with them!).
The reason is that the metal tabs ("ears") at the top and bottom of each outlet or switch are screwed down tight against the paneling (you will see that once your remove the outlet or switch covers). Your paneling may be thin enough or made out of cheap enough material that you could "possibly" tear it off around the outlets and switches without bending their metal tabs, but think about this - how are you going to put the new drywall in place over these installed outlets and switches?
You can't cut the new holes in the drywall large enough to go over those metal tabs of outlets and switches already in place because for a correctly finished installation the metal tabs should be screwed down flush onto the new drywall - if the cut-out holes are too large, there won't be any drywall for the tabs to be pressed against.
I'm in the process of replacing some water-damaged drywall myself. Pulling off the old damaged drywall with the outlets in place was easy - the drywall just broke off around the metal tabs. I was hoping to figure out a way to leave the outlets in place and thus save time when installing the new drywall but ran into the same problem as you. I even thought about bending the metal tabs forward to be parallel to the floor so a tightly cut drywall hole could be slid over them and then the tabs bent back into place against the drywall but I didn't go that route for a couple of reasons - the metal tabs might break off with too much bending back and forth, but more importantly I was going to need the outlets removed from the electrical boxes because I was going to roto-zip the holes with the drywall loosely hung in place and needed room in the box for the roto-zip bit to plunge into to start the cut.
So, unless a Pro or someone else has a great time-saving tip, the answer is going to be Yes, you will have to remove the outlets and switches first before tearing off the plywood. (Remember to cut off the power to those outlets and switches first and to leave it off in that interim loose wire state!)
(BTW, you may have a secondary problem you're going to have to address - assuming your current plywood is thinner than the drywall you are putting in, that means the electrical boxes will not be flush with the new drywall. Search "outlet box extensions" here on homedepot.com and choose from among various options - pricey box extenders, relatively cheap spacers to put on the screws to make the outlets and switches stick out further, etc. You could also pull the electrical boxes off the studs and then re-nail them after repositioning them to be flush with the new, thicker drywall but that's a lot of work and you might crush/bend/crack the electrical box pulling the nails, depending on how old the original installation was and whether the boxes are metal or plastic. Good luck.) Read Less
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Will it work with 3/4" wood paneling being overlaid on Sheetrock walls?

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Yes, it should work, but keep in mind the maximum thickness these magnets will hold is 3/4 inch, no more. If you're keeping the drywall on, you'll need to temporarily remove the outlets to make space for the magnet that goes underneath.
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Drywall Electrical Box Locating Tool Kit (4-Pieces) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 66.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from labor saving tool I wish I had the Drywall Electrical Box Locating Tool Kit when I was building out my basement, it cuts out a lot of guess work when I was installing the drywall because of it's magnet system. I would recommend to disconnect the power to the room that you are working though if you are using in an existing if it already has outlets installed to eliminate shocks...
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for doing it yourself! This is a great item for a DIYer. I was able to cut accurate holes every time. Note, it only works with empty outlet boxes. If there are existing outlets or switches, it does not work.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product - Simplifies Drywall Installation This product really makes it easy to locate receptacles when installing drywall. It saves time and has even caught the attention of other contractors when I have used it.
Date published: 2016-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple to use and effective... Simple to use and effective
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not Perfect for Beginner This is certainly a convenient jig for helping to quickly locate where your boxes are so you can cut openings in your drywall. It takes very little time to put into place and stays out of the way while you're hanging your sheet. The targets pop right onto the drywall and you've got a good sense of where your box is located. This is where things come up a little bit short. First, there's friction on the drywall so the magnet doesn't line up perfectly with the box underneath. It gets close but it can be rotated by a few degrees and so you're not quite sure exactly where the edges of your boxes are. That's annoying and it makes this less than perfectly accurate. The other issue was my fault for not reading the instructions closely enough. I will completely admit that I've only done a couple of projects with drywall so I'm in the beginner camp. Well I plunged my rotozip bit right on the line I drew but that ended up hitting the box side and I ended up plunging inside the box and getting a bit tangled up. It turns out that the line is basically on or very slightly outside the underlying box so you should plunge just outside the line and move your ways inward to trace the outside of the box. You can see in my results picture that I didn't end with the cleanest cutout. Long story short I was hoping this would simplify things a bit more than it did. I'm sure with a bit more practice I'd get more confident. Or alternatively if I used an oscillating tool I probably would have gotten cleaner lines than the rotozip. In any case perhaps my expectations were too high but this one strikes me as being a bit of an imprecise gadget rather than an indispensable tool.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works exactly as advertised, easy to learn to use I bought this to locate electrical boxes behind 5/8" drywall, and it works extremely well. A couple of things: 1. If you're using the typical plastic nail-on new work boxes, remove the little plastic spacers from the side of the box against the stud with a pair of pliers or a razor knife. Otherwise, you have to cut out quite a bit wider or risk blowing out the drywall on the stud-side of the box. 2. I found using a pencil rather than a sharpie made it easy to follow the line accurately. 3. I used an oscillating multi-tool with a Dremel drywall jab-saw blade. This worked very well. It's loud, and cuts a lot slower than a rotozip, but it won't get away from you. I found it best to try to cut the hole tight, pry the piece out and see where the box sits. I had to enlarge a couple of holes slightly before the drywall would fit around the box. Better too small than too big, you can always cut out more. Just don't push on the sheet until you pry the piece out and see how accurate your cut was. 4. Obviously, if you hang sheetrock for a living, you probably can find the boxes and cut them out with a rotozip in your sleep, without using this tool. However, this tool is great for someone starting out or who occasionally hangs drywall. After cutting a few holes, probably too large, you'll get a good feeling as to where to cut in relation to your pencil line. After the first few boxes, I was cutting extremely tight holes without even trying. I've attached a photo of the last one I cut it, nice and close.
Date published: 2013-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy drywall marking and cut-outs In the past year and a half, I have used the BlindMark and ArcMark products in helping to build nine Habitat for Humanity homes. That's a total of more than 1000 cut-outs for electrical boxes, vents, and lights, so I have some expertise in this area. Before using the BlindMark products, the crew would often cut the electrical wires stuffed in the boxes (using the "stab the saw in the middle of where you think the box is" technique), or it would be a laborious project of measuring, marking and cutting just to find out that the hole wasn't exactly where you wanted it! Since switching to using the BlindMark magnet, EVERY hole is perfect, there have not been any cut wires, no forgotten boxes, and our speed has picked up. No more box measuring, just a mark on the floor for each stud location and a ">" or "<" showing what side of the stud a box is on. After the drywall sheet is loosely tacked in place, each box is found and marked using the locator magnet, and then cut-out with a spiral saw using a guide-tip blade to guide around the outside of the box (guide the tool in a counter-clockwise direction for outside cuts!). A knife or keyhole saw could also be used, but the spiral saw is fast and makes a nice clean cut-out. After the holes have been cut, the drywall panel is then pushed all the way to the studs and nailed or screwed. We work on several rooms all at the same time and have found that taping the magnets into the boxes with masking tape is a good idea since hammering on the other side of the wall tends to make the magnets fall out. This is the only "flaw" that I have found with using this method. I highly recommend this product to all drywallers, pro and amateur alike.
Date published: 2007-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love this product for marking boxes and getting perfect cutouts. Because of this product, I also picked up some super strong little magnets that make it easy to mark the corners of electric panels and windows and doors.
Date published: 2015-08-22
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