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Old 01-28-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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I have been replacing all the outlet/switch plates after painting a house I recently purchased. Some of the outlets are set a bit too deep in the wall. The screws from the cover plate will not reach. Is there anything that I can do to bring to outlet outward a bit more? Something like the idea of washers to raise it up?

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You have to get shims made specifically for moving the outlet forward. Also, longer screws are usually available in most shim kits that can be purchased from any local Home Improvement store. If not, purchase standard machine thread screws from the fastner section. There is a thread measurer available in those aisle for consumers to use to check the thread and size of screw.

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Take some wire(the black or white in a piece of lomex will do fine. Wrap it around your screwdriver a bunch of times. Cut it to the thickness you need put it behind the switch put your screw in and it will hold the switch out to where you need it.

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I've seen washers, larger nuts, #8 wire insulation, and very small gauge wire wrapped around the screws.

No matter WHAT method you use, install a NYLON coverplate. You can tighten them down snug and they won't crack.
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Receptacles and switches are held in with 6/32 screws. A good way to shim the outlets (IMHO) is to run the screws through 1/4x20 nuts. Put the nuts behind the receptacle yoke, run the screw through them and tighten. I've never had to do this in a plastic box, but I cannot imagine why it would be that much different.
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.........do they still allow the use of extension rings?
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Yes woodman they do and this would be the cats meow in most cases. If the recess is 1/4" or so an extension ring works well. Where it becomes more difficult is when the recess is just barely keeping the cover plate screw from reaching the receptacle and the hole is cut too large for the ears of the receptacle to rest on the drywall or finish surface and have the box to support it. If the ears will lay on the finish surface then a box extender works well. Extension rings will work but the recess must be enough for the standard sizes . Carlon makes an adjustable one and a new product for 1/4" or deeper recess has recently been on the market and works well. Without a picture of the problem it is hard to say which works the best. anyway here is an extension ring that works well in some cases. Go to the carlon website to view their choices and I have an image attached for one of them. There are many types so you have to look around to see what best works for you.

http://www.receptxtenders.com/products.htm

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Thanks, all good suggestions. The more I read these forums the more I am learning there are alot of simple fixes out there.
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........thanks Stubbie...........just was wondering if that might work for jt, since I've seen quite a few times where the drywallers buried boxes in new construction............I know hard to believe...but it has happened

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I always use the boxes that you can adjust in or out, due to you never know what is going to happen during the install of the Gypsum or mudding. Also makes for easier cutting of the Gypsum board, due to you can retract the box back for the pre-install.

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