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Dorado 05-06-2013 10:53 PM

What to do with drywall edges in receptacles?
 
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The openings for my low voltage brackets are a little oversized. Plates will cover them but I want to fill around the edges with joint compound or caulk. What would you do? Would you use corner bead or tape? (Yes, it cracked under the paper.)

Bumpr1080 05-06-2013 11:54 PM

Not exactly sure what you're looking for as far as advice- but if you are concerned about the exposed edges of the drywall cracking; maybe a little mud just on the inside edge to firm up the cracked areas?

If recommend mesh tape if you want to go that route- maybe stick the tape to the outside, then wrap it through the hole and stick it on the inside of the wallboard. If its going to be covered by the plate- feel free to experiment. All you need is a sponge to remove anything you add and start again.....

Dorado 05-07-2013 11:49 AM

I going to use hot mud to prefill so I think I'll use some of it around those openings. If it's as chalky when it dries as premix then I'll prime it. But I have a while because I want to get all three parts of my drywall project to this stage so I only have to mix one batch of hot mud (hopefully).

TarheelTerp 05-07-2013 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Dorado (Post 1174127)
The openings for my low voltage brackets are a little oversized.

Your boxes are mounted incorrectly.
The GWB is meant to be flush to the edge of them.

A little putty, a little paint, and you too can make it what it ain't.

Dorado 05-07-2013 02:21 PM

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Originally Posted by TarheelTerp (Post 1174388)
Your boxes are mounted incorrectly.
The GWB is meant to be flush to the edge of them.

I don't think these brackets are made to be flush with 1/2" drywall.

gregzoll 05-07-2013 03:34 PM

That is why I always go with old work boxes for LV work. You can always cut the back off of the plastic boxes, if you want something deeper, otherwise, just standard Old work's will do. The ones you have, who makes them, and where did you get them from? They are for 3/8" gypsum as you can see from your measurement.

Dorado 05-07-2013 06:26 PM

It's the Arlington LVMB1. I got a 5 pack on Amazon. They're called Vanco LVMB1 on Amazon but it says Arlington on the brackets.

ToolSeeker 05-07-2013 07:28 PM

Maybe this is what you need http://www.lowes.com/pd_89013-81399-...ductId=3368152

gregzoll 05-07-2013 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Dorado (Post 1174557)
It's the Arlington LVMB1. I got a 5 pack on Amazon. They're called Vanco LVMB1 on Amazon but it says Arlington on the brackets.

I would be removing them and sending them back for a refund, since they are not the correct ones. Unscrew the Gypsum to remove those incorrect sized ones, then use Old work LV plates in the holes after you pull those others. If you do not go with Old work LV's, just go with a four gang box across that space, then replace the wallboard, and cut it for the added size of the box. You can always cut out the back of the plastic New construction boxes with a Sawz-all, then debur with a file, or Linoleum knife.

gregzoll 05-07-2013 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by ToolSeeker (Post 1174578)

The OP does not need that. Besides, that is what extra scraps of gypsum are for. You cut larger than hole, remove from the back the paper to the size of the hole, and any gypsum, then use the front paper to hold the patch in place when you mud it.

ToolSeeker 05-07-2013 07:46 PM

Yea it's called a hot patch. But he doesn't want to fill them in. Right ? he just wants them smaller or maybe I read the post wrong. Possible I'm tired.

gregzoll 05-07-2013 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ToolSeeker (Post 1174590)
Yea it's called a hot patch. But he doesn't want to fill them in. Right ? he just wants them smaller or maybe I read the post wrong. Possible I'm tired.

Actually what he needs is the proper plates that are the correct depth, which the ones he got are not. If it was me, I would be shooting an email off with the same pictures he attached, including the one with the ruler placed on the outside edge, that goes into the space that the fixture is supposed to be in.

Dorado 05-07-2013 08:38 PM

Good to know about those patches. I think I was close enough with the cutting to get away with just hot mud. I'll have to see how strong it is.

Arlington's catalog page says the bracket "Works with 1/2" or 5/8" drywall" so it's expected that some people will have drywall exposed in front of the bracket. It doesn't really bother me (well, it does, but it won't once I patch it). The screw heads would cause that even if the bracket was 1/8" deeper. The screw slots aren't countersunk.

Dorado 05-07-2013 08:54 PM

On the other hand, it wouldn't be the first time I bought something on Amazon that was an old, inferior model. I wonder if Arlington sizes them better these days. I can't tell from their website.

Techy 05-07-2013 08:56 PM

its low voltage, put the plate on and forget it's there..


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