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Old 10-28-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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I have a few places where the drywall guys cut the hole for the receptacle boxes too big for the ears to rest on the wall. Any tips on how to shim or otherwise remedy this so the receptacle has a firm base to rest against?

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I have a few places where the drywall guys cut the hole for the receptacle boxes too big for the ears to rest on the wall. Any tips on how to shim or otherwise remedy this so the receptacle has a firm base to rest against?
If it is a small amount like 1/8", there are spacers that can fit under the mounting screws (GB & Ideal makes them, my Lowes shows them as bright green) for just that purpose sold in home stores and electrical supplies.

You won't be depending on the ears for support, just the mounting screws.

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Anything sized properly to slip over the mounting screws and fill the space between the recep and the box.

Sometimes a couple of nuts slipped over the screw will do the trick. Sometimes a crimp sleeve or two. Got some 1/4' coper tubing??

You can strip some insulation from #8 wire but it will squish a little bit.

Use you imagination. Nylon cover plates help too. You can tighten them down good and they will not crack.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:40 PM   #4
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I have a few places where the drywall guys cut the hole for the receptacle boxes too big for the ears to rest on the wall. Any tips on how to shim or otherwise remedy this so the receptacle has a firm base to rest against?
Thats actually a code violation to have a gap bigger than an 1/8th, so I would have the tapers fix that.
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Yes, have the drywall guys fix their shoddy work.
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I have a few places where the drywall guys cut the hole for the receptacle boxes too big for the ears to rest on the wall. Any tips on how to shim or otherwise remedy this so the receptacle has a firm base to rest against?
A plastic box extension is the best way to go if you want it done the right way.
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A plastic box extension is the best way to go if you want it done the right way.
No, fixing the drywall is the best way to go.
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No, fixing the drywall is the best way to go.

Okay let me re word that. The easiest fastest way to go
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Okay let me re word that. The easiest fastest way to go

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The box extension I am thinking of would still not solve the problem as they don't extend out farther than the ears.

Unless you stand thare and tell him to fill the gap with filling compound, the drywall guy is only going to flat tape the box and the recep will still not have any support. Then you have to repaint eyc.

"Best" is a relative term. Shim it, cover it, learn from your mistake and move on.
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The box extension I am thinking of would still not solve the problem as they don't extend out farther than the ears.

Unless you stand thare and tell him to fill the gap with filling compound, the drywall guy is only going to flat tape the box and the recep will still not have any support. Then you have to repaint eyc.

"Best" is a relative term. Shim it, cover it, learn from your mistake and move on.
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Thats the one I was saying to use plastic box extension
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Thats the one I was saying to use plastic box extension
I kinda figured since i've used pleanty myself, and they do a pretty good job of filling in the gaps.
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That's what I was thinking of.

The top/bottom are no longer than the ears on the recep so they wouldn't help hold the recep in place.

Unless I'm missing something????

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