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Thomas Skene 02-09-2012 10:03 AM

Electrical
 
I've just installed a backsplash on the wall above the kitchen counter. The electrical switch boxes and outlets are now deeper in the wall. How do you go about bringing them forward so that the wall plates and electrical boxes behind them are solid and secure once again. I've read about box extenders but is this necessary or appropriate just for adding a backsplash? Thanks, Tom

joecaption 02-09-2012 10:09 AM

A box extender may bring it out to far.
Lowes and HD have packs of plastic spacers that just slip over the screws on the backside of the outlets in the electrical dept..
Your also going to need longer screws.

Julius793 02-09-2012 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Thomas Skene
I've just installed a backsplash on the wall above the kitchen counter. The electrical switch boxes and outlets are now deeper in the wall. How do you go about bringing them forward so that the wall plates and electrical boxes behind them are solid and secure once again. I've read about box extenders but is this necessary or appropriate just for adding a backsplash? Thanks, Tom

How big is the space?

Jim Port 02-09-2012 10:15 AM

The face of the box will need to be extended so it is flush if the surface is combustible, up to 1/4" setback if non-combustible.

With that said, the receptacles will be springy if not supported correctly.

<*(((>< 02-09-2012 11:56 AM

I would use the blue thick box extender for more support of the outlet, if you can get the right thickness.

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...oxExtender.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...oxExtender.jpg


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