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Old 12-26-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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On one of the first light switches I wired I put the box too far back into the wall, and now, with the cover on, the switches are too far back to reach through the holes. I'm wondering if they make switch covers that, rather than protruding out just beyond the wall, like most do, sink into the wall maybe 1 cm to work in this situation? Has anyone seen anything like that or have any ideas where I could look? Obviously I've already checked my local hardware stores.

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Either way, with the box that far back from the wall surface, it's not legal. It needs to be re-worked to pull the box (and naturally, then the switches) out farther.

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What does the code say about that situation? I guess if it violates code that would explain what I can't find a switch to accommodate it. I'm not ripping the wall apart again. If I can't find a switch cover that will work I'm going to chip away at the plaster so I can fit a standard switch cover back where the box is.
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There called box extenders. Any Lowes or Home Depot will have them. http://www.amazon.com/Carlon-PVC-Ele.../dp/B000H5ZVY8
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:53 PM   #5
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HA, didn't even think of that Joe.

I'm glad that's not something I was doing because I would have took the box out and pulled it forward.....and when I was done, THEN I would have remembered those little jewels......oops.


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Says the outside of the box can't be more than....I think 1/4" (pros...confirm/deny??)...behind the wall surface.
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AH! I saw those in the store but I didn't understand what they were for. I can just get longer screws, use one of these to fill the gap, and I can pull it out. I'll have to pull the switch out, but I won't have to re-wire anything or move the box. Thanks!
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AH! I saw those in the store but I didn't understand what they were for. I can just get longer screws, use one of these to fill the gap, and I can pull it out. I'll have to pull the switch out, but I won't have to re-wire anything or move the box. Thanks!
It comes with the screws, 2 inch I think.
If you need longer screws, then you may need to rethink pulling the box out.
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The max 1/4" setback is for non-combustible surfaces. If a combustible surface the box needs to be flush or protrude from the wall.
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The max 1/4" setback is for non-combustible surfaces. If a combustible surface the box needs to be flush or protrude from the wall.
Good to know. So I assume drywall and plaster are both considered non-combustible?
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Good to know. So I assume drywall and plaster are both considered non-combustible?

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