Originally Posted By: Dennis Bozek
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How to open a panel cover that has been painted and even stuccoed:
Take a new razor knife and carefully slice around the edges of the panel cover.
Allow the knife to be pointed inwards towards the panel as you cut the paint or other substance from the panel and the wall.
Do the same to the panel screws carefully....going to fast and oops you just put a nice cut in the wall. ![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif)
Sometimes taking a screwdriver and putting it on the screw slots, then rapping it with your hand or a electrician's hammer (aka Klien's) will free up the paint in the slot of the screw and allow you to unscrew it.
Once all screws are out, if the panel cover is still stuck on the wall, carefully insert the edge of a screwdriver in one corner and pry the cover off. If you properly cut the edges with a knife, you won't take half of the wall paint off when you remove the cover.
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