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Old 01-23-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Electrical Box Recessed Too Far in Wall


I have an outlet whose electrical box is recessed nearly an inch behind the drywall, thus when tightened to it, make it impossible to affix the coverplate as it is too far back. I guess i could locate a long screw for the coverplate, but that would look pretty stupid as there would be a large gap between the plate and the plugs. What else can i do? I think pulling out this elcetircal box and replacing is beyond me.

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You can get a box extender like this from your local home store

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If the box is not recessed too far back, like less than 1/4 inch, you can put washers under the tabs holding the receptacle unit and the receptacles can be brought close to the correct surface position.

The picture of the box extender above did not reproduce within five minutes of viewing ths page! It's a rectangular plastic ring that fits around the perimeter of the hole and comes in a choice of depths.
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i never knew that such a product existed! I hope to find it soon. Thank you very much for both replies.
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