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Old 07-19-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Is there a "spacer" that goes behind a switch plate?


I have a two gang box that is quite shallow. It used to have two toggle switches but I have switched out two dimmer switches and of course those take up more room.

With the wires and nuts behind the switches I have no choice but to take out the flat mud ring and replace with a 1/2" raised mud ring which gives enough room for the dimmers now but the switch plate is 1/2" off the wall.

Is there some sort of a spacer I can use to fill this gap?






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Can you change the box out to a deeper one or is the thickness of the wall hindering that option, otherwise, you could make a nice picture frame out of wood to the thickness required.

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Can you change the box out to a deeper one or is the thickness of the wall hindering that option, otherwise, you could make a nice picture frame out of wood to the thickness required.
I can't, behind it is a concrete wall so unless I start to tear out more sheetrock and bring out my hammer and chisel it's not going to work.
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I can't, behind it is a concrete wall so unless I start to tear out more sheetrock and bring out my hammer and chisel it's not going to work.
Then I would just make a spacer out of wood with a decorative edge to jazz it up a touch.
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Then I would just make a spacer out of wood with a decorative edge to jazz it up a touch.
Can I roll up some play dough into the shape and size of a pencil, press it into the space all the way around, smooth it off and paint it?


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Can I roll up some play dough into the shape and size of a pencil, press it into the space all the way around, smooth it off and paint it?


Go for it!
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Here is a link at HD. You may need to reinstall your original mud ring then add this.

http://www.homedepot.com/Electrical-...&storeId=10051

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