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Old 02-22-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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mounting outlets in hole too big...

Every room i have painted in our new house, I usually follow up and replace all outlets with new ones since the previous owners somehow painted all over them.

Anyway, i know this is minor, but most of the outlet box holes are cut slightly big, and and most of the boxes are recessed a bit from being flush to the finish surface...leaving me to put shims behind the outlet tabs so I can fully tighten the screws and not have a loose outlet... there a better way?


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Old 02-22-2011, 01:21 PM   #2
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:34 PM   #3
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The electrical code requires that any gap larger than 1/8" around the box be repaired. The maximum setback from a non-combustible surface is 1/4".

Try these.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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Those Box Extenders work great.
Go to an electrical supply house (not HD). They will also have longer screws if you need them.
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Are these currently metal boxes? Are these non-metallic cables (romex)? If so you can replace the metal boxes with the larger plastic old work boxes with clamps. Or you can use the box extenders that are shown in Jim Ports link.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:20 PM   #6
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HD does have them:
They have them in different thicknesses as well.


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