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Old 03-02-2009, 10:14 PM   #1
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Standard dept to set back boxes for plaster walls?


I find it necessary, in order to properly plaster around my boxes to recess them slightly. 1/8" to 1/4" seems about right. Is this your experience as well that you need to make them slightly recessed to be able to plaster properly around them?

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You are at the max allowed, flush is best.
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Yes, seems like the surface tension of the plaster would tend to cause a lip if the box is flush. But a little sanding would probably take care of it. But I have found a little bit of recess to be better than completely flush too. 1/8" would be good, but no more than 1/4".
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i prefer them to be back just a hair on my own projects so that i can mud over the box a little. On jobs at work i try for flush, since the sheetrockers don't ever mud over them, they just cut around them
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Yes, seems like the surface tension of the plaster would tend to cause a lip if the box is flush. But a little sanding would probably take care of it. But I have found a little bit of recess to be better than completely flush too. 1/8" would be good, but no more than 1/4".
Yep, I just plastered in that box in the foyer, and it stuck out too far, and I could not get the plaster floated in correctly. Most people would not really notice it, (i like to make things pretty) but I want to make sure to avoid that on my other boxes in the kitchen. I'll make sure to stick around that 1/8" to 1/4" range.

I am using a traditional plaster system, so it is not like sanding drywall mud or light weight joint compound, it's more like trying to sand your sidewalk . If I have too much plaster on, I'll seriously have to get out a disk grinder, once it is setup, cut it back and re-top coat if I overfill / bulge out around the boxes.

Plastering is kind of a lost art, but I think it is pretty cool. Looks so much nicer than rock, way tougher, water resistant, sound deadening, etc.

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