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Old 03-25-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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Quick/easy question from an electrical n00b.

I replaced a broken receptacle and remounted the faceplate and the faceplate now sits maybe an eighth of an inch too far forward, relative to the receptacle.

Pic here: http://un-muddied.blogspot.com/2011/...bs-jobbed.html

Should I shim the receptacle forward so as not to have that gap? Or remount the box? I'm leery of messing up the grounding, naturally.

If there's another factor it's that I have an INCREDIBLY curious 1-year-old who will find something to stick in there if given the opportunity. (We call him our risk management consultant; he immediately finds the most dangerous thing in the room.)

Thanks!

(Oh, and I'm going to get a matching white plate regardless! White + beige is hideous!)

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Old 03-25-2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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You can use one of these to extend the box flush with the wall.

http://www.arlcatalog.com/Miscellane...0Extenders.htm

You may need to go to an electrical supply house.

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Great, thanks!
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Those will work, but for just 1/8" you can just shim the receptacle flush. Lowes sells some special shims for that purpose(look for neon green pieces of plastic near the wire nuts), or you can make your own with little spring shaped coils of wire.(read that in a magazine)
It works well.

I can't find the previously linked product in my local stores. The ones I get locally extend them out 1/2": designed for when adding a layer of drywall.
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In the electrical trade our solution to this problem was to wind a pig-tail of #14 copper wire around a small screw-driver. The inside diameter of the pig-tail had clearance for a #6 machine screw.
The pig-tail is cut to the length required to 'shim out' the switch or receptacle.

The pig-tail forms a spacer equal to the distance required to move the device out to meet the cover.

On the job, you don't have time to be running back and forth to the building center.
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Tim have you considered Tamper Resistant receptacles to try and reduce risk to your consultant?
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wrapping wire around a screwdriver works as a spacer but what is way quicker is to use blue wall anchors. you just put it up against your mud ring/ box and size it up to the drywall where you need to cut it to get correct spacer. cut the tip and then mount receptacle. perfect every time.

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