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Old 01-14-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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2 gang old box, made into 3 gang, off center??


please help....

what i want to do is this...

currently I have 2 switches in a 2 gang box. ok no big deal.
my plans are to add another switch and make it into a 3 gang, but not really a 3 gang. the old box on the left will be 2 gang, and the new work single box will be on the right to that. but i want to be able to use one big plate cover that has 3 slots for the switches. is this possible? seems like it will be off center and eventually i wont be able to put the plate on because the new single gange box on the right will be too much to the right. any ideas?

also i think it would be stupid looking if i left it with the 2 gang then about 5 inches to the right there would be a seperate switch box.. so my plans is to keep the exsisting 2 gang and add another new work right next to that to be able to use one big plate


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You need a 3 gang box if you want to use a 3 gang faceplate

Buy a double switch & replace one of the single switches
Problem solved


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You need a 3 gang box if you want to use a 3 gang faceplate

Buy a double switch & replace one of the single switches
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great idea. now would they make a switch like that but one of them dimmable?
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how hard would it be removing that 2 gang old box without damaging the sheetrock?
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Hard to say
Is it nailed in ?
Metal with a plate across the face of the stud ?
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This is a typical nail up box.
You could possibly take a hacksaw blade without the saw and carefully cut the nails and push the box down in the wall.
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This is another style. Have never tried one of these the nail up is the most common.
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great idea. now would they make a switch like that but one of them dimmable?
If you only need one of the three to be a dimmer, shift things around so the "solo" switch is the dimmer.
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If you only need one of the three to be a dimmer, shift things around so the "solo" switch is the dimmer.
thanks guys for the replies, i am switching things around so the dimmer is on its own.
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They also make dual rocker switches, you may like the look of them better:


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