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Old 09-27-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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mount a new wall switch next to an old one

I have a single overhead light with a single wall switch. I'm installing can lighting separately. Can I stick a single blue remodel winged single swich box next to the original construction existing single switch box and get it close enough to work with a double faceplate?

Or should I just move the new switch over an inch and just install it fresh with a new single faceplate?

I thought I could remove the existing box/switch - but since it's original contstruction, it might be hard to pull that box to replace with a new double.


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Old 09-28-2011, 12:46 AM   #2
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Too far away.

What kind of box is the existing one? How is it fastened?

There ARE alternatives ....

Upload a close-up picture of the existing box so we can take a looksie ...



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Originally Posted by jufengdhj View Post
If for me, I will chose your option 1.

2 boxes and 1 plate?
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Often if you cut the hole for the 2 gang box it will make it easier to remove the existing box.
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An option might be to get a double 9combo) switche made to fit in a single box.
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