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Old 12-21-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
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No matter what I try I cannot seem to get this metal light switchplate to be flush againt the wall. I can always take a pic behind the switchplate if needed. The electrical box might have to be switched out because the screws go in much easier on the top vs on the bottom. There almost isnt anything for the bottom screws to go into so when you try and tighten them one side tightens and the other side doesn't. Sounds confusing I know. I'm not sure how to explain it.

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How long are the screws? Appears they are bottoming out (or hitting an obstruction) before they reach the surface of the plate.

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How long are the screws? Appears they are bottoming out (or hitting an obstruction) before they reach the surface of the plate.
The 2x4 was not installed straight and the wall plate will not lay flush on wall.
Sticks out about 1/4 inch on the top right corner.
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How long are the screws? Appears they are bottoming out (or hitting an obstruction) before they reach the surface of the plate.
1/2 screws and there is one 2x4
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So the box protrudes out too far due to stud placement? Fix the stud/box, or hack in some joint compound on the wall surface.
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The switch plate mounts to the switches and not the box.
If you have trouble getting the bottom scres in, you may have a bad switch.
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The switch plate mounts to the switches and not the box.
If you have trouble getting the bottom scres in, you may have a bad switch.
But the leg bone is connected to the ankle bone.
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The switch plate mounts to the switches and not the box.
If you have trouble getting the bottom scres in, you may have a bad switch.
Should I also switch to a different wall plate? I have a metal one now. Does it matter?
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Changing the plate isn’t going to matter if the box is sticking out of the wall, or the switches aren’t fully seated on the box/wall.
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Changing the plate isn’t going to matter if the box is sticking out of the wall, or the switches aren’t fully seated on the box/wall.
I guess I'm asking whats the best type of plate to use. What's the norm for a Rec room? Plastic, metal, etc.....
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Personal preference. Metal if high abuse is a good idea. i.e. kids rec room.
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Personal preference. Metal if high abuse is a good idea. i.e. kids rec room.
Yep...kid's
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if you use metal plates, please be certain that the switches are in fact properly grounded....very often they are not in residential (ok if plastic plates and plastic screws used, just not best practice).

(and remember that if the metal box is the ground, remove the insulators from the switch screws! that mistake is often made also when people "update")
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Perhaps the box is not deep enough for the switchs and all the wires to,
Try moving the wires around,
so they lay flater,
or move them to the side,
rather than behind the switchs.
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I use unbreakable nylon covers.

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