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Old 03-17-2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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I am replacing a wall electrical receptacle. The problem that I am having is the wallboard on the top and the bottom of the box has "broken" away so that the "ears" on the top and the bottom of the new receptacle have nothing to back up to when screwing it into the box so the outlet goes too far back into the box. Does anyone have tips on how I correct this issue? Thanks!

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they make plastic spacers.they come in strips.home depot,lowes.

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there is also a piece of tin that fits behind the recep and lays against the wall. Don't like those so I won't even find a picture of one.

Solid copper wire wrapped around a phillips screwdriver and then cut to the proper length works real well too.
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Nap, instead of the metal ones try these.

http://www.arlcatalog.com/Miscellane...0Extenders.htm
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Nap, instead of the metal ones try these.

http://www.arlcatalog.com/Miscellane...0Extenders.htm
Not those. Those are box extenders. I was talking about a C shaped plate that sets flat against the wall and behind the device to support the device. They have never worked well for me.

Well, I can't even find a picture quickly.


but yes, for box extenders, I definitely prefer the plastic ones. Had some, uh, not so happy times with the metal ones.

here they are:
http://www.erico.com/products/CADDYcfcDvcLvlrRetnr.asp
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Not those. Those are box extenders. I was talking about a C shaped plate that sets flat against the wall and behind the device to support the device. They have never worked well for me.

Well, I can't even find a picture quickly.


but yes, for box extenders, I definitely prefer the plastic ones. Had some, uh, not so happy times with the metal ones.

here they are:
http://www.erico.com/products/CADDYcfcDvcLvlrRetnr.asp
I have never like the metals ones you are talking about.
They just seem to small for me, not much bigger than the receptacle.

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