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Old 03-01-2011, 12:47 AM   #1
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Electric outlet really far into the wall, can't cover, how would I fix this?


I have an electric outlet, the only problem is, whoever installed it year and years ago put it nearly an inch into the wall. So, basically, I can't cover it with a outlet cover.

The box seems very old too, the box/frame metal and the it seems really beat up over the years. I don't mind replacing it, but how would I access the inside without redoing the entire wall?

Any advice on how to deal with this?

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Old 03-01-2011, 01:30 AM   #2
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There are electrical outlet "extension covers" sold at any big box store. It clamps on to the existing box. They're needed when wall tile is installed to bring the outlet flush with the new thickness of the wall but they should work for you.

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Commonly called "mud rings" and used a lot in commercial work on metal boxes. You'll have to cut out around the box a bit to install the ring, then tape and finish....
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Commonly called "mud rings" and used a lot in commercial work on metal boxes. You'll have to cut out around the box a bit to install the ring, then tape and finish....
If the box is usable, there is no need to do that.


an extenstion ring is used with the box in place as it is.

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The ones I'm used to seeing around here have a lip all the way around that goes just past the edge of the box. Just slight trimming needed. A jumbo cover might even cover it. The ones you show would work great. Don't think our HD carries that type. I'll have to look a little closer....
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those that I posted are for single device boxes or boxes with plaster rings. They come in multiple device configurations as well.
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Just use longer screws. 6/32 or 8/32.
Or, using a hacksaw blade, cut the nails or screws that are holding it to the framing. Turn off the power and be carefull to avoid the wires. If you damage them you will need to open the wall up. Most of the time the stud will be to the left of the box as most electricians are right handed. Carefully pull the box through the drywall and replace with a new one.

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