Push Pull doesn't punch through component

I have looked through a number of posts and not found the answer to my problem.

I am building a model of a home in SketchUp for web (free Version). I have the studs, top and bottom plates in location. I am putting on the drywall (created a rectangle 4’ x 8’ and then used push pull tool to extrude 1/2", made it a component) I am trying to cut a rectangular hole for doors and windows. When I draw a rectangle on the surface of the drywall and use the push pull tool to make the hole it will not mesh with the back plane (surface) to knock out a hole.

I have tried on multiple drywall components and will not work on any of them. What am I doing wrong?

You need to open the drywall component for editing before you can modify the geometry inside the component. Components and groups are like wrappers that prevent any interaction with the geometry contained within. This lets you move them around and work with them without the geometry sticking to everything else.

Right click on the component choose edit, or simply double click on it to open it.


THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! sorry for yelling but I’ve been trying to figure this out on my own, watching videos, and searching the forum for a week.


To help achieve your goals, some time spent at the SketchUp Campus and at the SketchUp - YouTube channel will be very worthwhile. Both sites are from the SketchUp team. On the YouTube channel, pay attention to the Square One Series and Level UP series. They cover the basics for each tool.

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thank you for the advice I have been watching a lot of videos to learn more on YouTube channels. Sketchup as you mentioned and SketchUp School are the channels I have been watching the most. I will have to look at SketchUp Campus.
I have been waiting to see if the paid version is worth the money or if I can do what I need to without it, mainly because money is tight. That being said some features like x-ray i think would be helpful for knocking out components and still being able to view the studs.

Another good one to check out SketchUp Essientials


It’s not a question of “can I do this in the Free version”…
The use of Free for commercial applications is not allowed, you need SketchUp Go, Pro or Studio for that.

X-ray has been available in SketchUp for as long as I know.