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yohan 08-14-2007 06:57 PM

Gap in drywall around electrical box

Just asking for opinions on the best way to fix this problem ... the guy who hung drywall in my bathroom did a bad job.. he didnt even finish the job .. I did, however I assumed I would be able to find a light fixture that would be larger than the electrical box and the oversize cut out ... turns out I was wrong, the light fixture I have barely covers the radius around the box.

What should I do to move forward, are there smaller electrical boxes available, or should I cut out a square around it and fit the proper size drywall cutout around this ?


Speedy Petey 08-14-2007 07:05 PM


I can sympathize that it is already painted but I would certainly fix the sheetrock.

AtlanticWBConst. 08-14-2007 07:45 PM

A decent taper can fix that by taping and coating around the "over-cut" Butchered electrical boxes....

yohan 08-14-2007 09:43 PM

I wouldn't go so far as to clasify myself as a decent taper ... and for a job this small I have no interest in hiring it out .. no other options than cutting it out eh?

Should I take it to the studs or just do the affected area? should I drywall first and then trace/cut out the opening for the electrical box or ... ??

Just want to know the best most error free possible route to go ..


HouseHelper 08-14-2007 10:32 PM

No need to do any cutting. Mesh tape and setting type compound will all you need.

Remove the fixture mounting hardware. Apply the tape bridging the gap between the drywall and the box -- you can cut back what extends into the box later. Apply a coat of the mixed compound, forcing some through the tape into the gap, then allow to set ( I like to use the 20 minute set type). When set, drag the drywall knife across to remove any ridges and apply either another coat of the setting compound or use the premix mud. Sand when set (or dry) then prime and paint.

yohan 08-14-2007 10:33 PM

I have both the paper tape and the self adhesive mesh tape.. which would you recommend ? (I had bad luck with bubbles w/ paper tape ... )

HouseHelper 08-15-2007 05:33 AM


Originally Posted by HouseHelper (Post 57753)
No need to do any cutting. Mesh tape and setting type compound will all you need.

That would be the self adhesive type.

yohan 08-15-2007 05:28 PM

My bad.. thanks!

yohan 08-21-2007 02:21 PM

Just to give an update, this worked great! took a bit longer for it to dry than would have if relpacing drywall but it turned out awesome!

Thanks for the advice.

BigJimmy 08-21-2007 04:01 PM

Wow, saw the pictures. Did your drywall guy cut that hole with his teeth??!

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