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Old 05-25-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
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I am almost done with all the rewiring.

All the work I pretty much stayed with the same method of the original wiring. EMT conduits and metal boxes. I mounted all my metal boxes flushed with the wood studs, then attach 1/2" mud rings to the boxes to take it to be flushed with the sheet rock that are yet to be put up.

In the old wiring when I tore out the old boxes, most of them had blobs of mud inside the boxes from the sheet rocker.

I was going to remove all the temp outlets and switches, and tuck the wires back into the boxes before the sheet rockers come to do their thing.

Then someone told me there is something I can buy, which not only allows me to keep the existing switches and outlet in place, but will also cover up the holes in the mud rings so no dust or chunks of joint compound can drop into it by accident. Only that someone doesn't remember what it's called.

Anyone has experience with these gadgets? What is it called? Does it work?

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Old 05-25-2012, 02:04 AM   #2
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I think there's a cover called Smartguard, or some such, but I've never used them. Instead, I just use blank covers until they're finished.

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To use the Smart Guard shields You may end up removing the temp devices, but give it a try. let us know what happens.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:21 AM   #4
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I think there's a cover called Smartguard, or some such, but I've never used them. Instead, I just use blank covers until they're finished.
How would blank cover help?

The mud rings are attached to the box and result in a hole that is smaller and raised from the 2020 box, depending on whether it's a single or double switch. If I use a blank cover they would not know the size of the hole to cut, and even if they did when finished the screws that attach the blank covers to the boxes would have been mudded over then. I am missing something here.
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I just put it in the contract there resposable to leave me with clean boxes, there's never been an issue.
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Talk about being picky. I worry about them hitting my wires. I could care less if some mud or drywall compound gets in.
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a million and one uses. Just rip it off when you reinstall the switch/receptacle.

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Old 05-26-2012, 04:33 PM   #8
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Yes I am picky, and am willing to pay extra $ or devote extra time to get the desired result.

I had a box that were filled in with so much mud, when I did rewire I had to chisel the concrete inside the box because the wires were cemented in.

The mud I was talking about were not today's joint compound, it was the old "brown coat" that is much harder.
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I just take a shop vac when I'm done sanding and vacuum all the boxes, knock off the clunkers and they're fine.
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