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Old 10-01-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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My electrician installed my sub-panel in the kitchen a while ago. The sub-panel is manufactured by a company called Square D.

Now I'm getting blue board and plaster work done. My electrician told me that when it came time to have the blue board put in he would adjust the sub-panel, if necessary, so that the sub-panel's door can be installed.

If you look at the photo below, don't you think that the sub-panel has to be moved forward a little bit so that it can be flush with the blue board? The blue board guy said that he would not mind unscrewing the blue board in order to let the electrician adjust the sub-panel.

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Old 10-01-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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Sure if their both willing to work with you, why not.

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Old 10-01-2014, 03:30 PM   #3
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It should have been set slightly less then 1/2 beyond the studs when it was installed.
Really poor cutting job around that meter in that sheetrock.
If you want a smooth wall when it's done why does it need to be plastered?
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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I got rid of the guy who did the original blue board installation.

The new guy has not started work but he said he could fix the gap in the blue board above the panel box with plaster. Is this true?

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It should have been set slightly less then 1/2 beyond the studs when it was installed.
Really poor cutting job around that meter in that sheetrock.
If you want a smooth wall when it's done why does it need to be plastered?
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I got rid of the guy who did the original blue board installation.

The new guy has not started work but he said he could fix the gap in the blue board above the panel box with plaster. Is this true?
That basically means that the new guy will remove all screws holding that section of Blue Board in place, so that the Electrician can place the Sub-Panel in the proper spot.
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I appreciate your feedback. I guess what I'm really trying to figure out is whether the gap above the sub-panel can be corrected with just plaster.

I have no experience with plaster and just want to make sure that the repair is done correctly.

I already got burned once on this project.

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That basically means that the new guy will remove all screws holding that section of Blue Board in place, so that the Electrician can place the Sub-Panel in the proper spot.
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What he might do is position it properly then put a trim piece around it.
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Thanks for your feedback.

After running around all day and asking everyone and their brother, I think you are right. The panel box is supposed to stick out of the wall about 1/2". It's not supposed to be flush.

There are holes in the panel box's corners. I think they are for mounting the cover. The panel box came with screws. But since there were no nuts included I got confused. Can one simply run a screw through a metal hole even though there's nothing behind the hole?

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It should have been set slightly less then 1/2 beyond the studs when it was installed.
Really poor cutting job around that meter in that sheetrock.
If you want a smooth wall when it's done why does it need to be plastered?
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No, the panel needed to sit flush with the finished drywall, not out beyond it.
Nuts are never used when installing the cover.
Once again why are you plastering over drywall? Do you really mean a drywall finisher?
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In all honesty, I don't know how to answer you. All I know is that he's a plasterer. For example my carpenter expanded my bedroom closet with two by fours. Blue board was then installed and then it was plastered.

Look at the photo below.



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No, the panel needed to sit flush with the finished drywall, not out beyond it.
Nuts are never used when installing the cover.
Once again why are you plastering over drywall? Do you really mean a drywall finisher?

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If the electrician is going to adjust the panel it doesn't look too difficult to adjust it up slightly. The panel is still behind the blue board at the bottom, so there won't be gap there if moved up. Then the gap won't be an issue.
Even if there is a slight gap the cover is larger than the panel so it will be covered.
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joecaption,

My electrician stopped by today and moved the sub-panel a little forward so that it's now flush with the blue board. Coincidentally, by doing this, the gap that existed between the top of the panel and the blue board is now smaller. Should I now simply let the plasterer use plaster to close the gap? See photo below.

I guess after the plastering is done the electrician can simply screw the panel door frame to the holes in the corner of the panel.



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No, the panel needed to sit flush with the finished drywall, not out beyond it.
Nuts are never used when installing the cover.
Once again why are you plastering over drywall? Do you really mean a drywall finisher?
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In the US drywall hangers hang drywall, drywall finishers tape and finish all the seams and cover the screw holes.
Plasterers do nothing but plaster as a rule.
Totally different trades.
Want a smooth finish, then there's no need for plaster.
Since you did not add your location to your profile as you should have it may be where you are uses different terms.
What you have there now will work, the cover plate will cover that up.
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joecaption,

My electrician stopped by today and moved the sub-panel a little forward so that it's now flush with the blue board. Coincidentally, by doing this, the gap that existed between the top of the panel and the blue board is now smaller. Should I now simply let the plasterer use plaster to close the gap? See photo below.

I guess after the plastering is done the electrician can simply screw the panel door frame to the holes in the corner of the panel.
The gap can be filled with plaster without issue, plus you have the panel cover going over it.

Are you in New England?
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I'm in the Greater Boston area.

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The gap can be filled with plaster without issue, plus you have the panel cover going over it.

Are you in New England?

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