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Bacardi 151 11-05-2007 05:00 PM

Tiled my backsplash, too thick for outlet covers to fit to outlet. How do I fix?
 
Title says it all, thanks~!

goose134 11-05-2007 05:06 PM

The title says something. Are the screws to short to mount to the box? They make 6/32's in many lengths. Are the holes in the tile too small to accept the device? Roto zip or grinder will be in order. If your devices are Behind the tile and you can't get the cover on, well, you are going to have to remove them and mount them flush to the tile. 1/20 nuts make an excellent stand-off for the mounting screws. Good luck!:)

MinConst 11-05-2007 05:11 PM

bacardi, goose is asking the questions that your title doesn't supply. If the outlet is buried in the wall under the tile you need to move it out even with the tile. If the box is the only problem use spacers and longer screws. Actually this should have been done prior to tileing.

Stubbie 11-05-2007 07:23 PM

Hello

You have a very common problem and it is cured with box extenders that are made to correct this issue.......

http://www.smarthomeusa.com/Shop/Har...tage/Item/BE1/

http://www.receptxtenders.com/

http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/...er-102845.aspx

Bacardi 151 11-05-2007 08:09 PM

Thanks, yes the box was the problem and yes it would of been easier had I known it would of been an issue. I'll try spacers and screws first and if that doesn't work, new boxes.

Piedmont 11-06-2007 10:43 AM

Awesome post!!! So cool Stubbie, that's what I've been looking for to. After I resided my house and added 1" thick insulation my outlet is now over an inch behind the siding. I've been trying to figure out what's the best way to try to pull it out.

Bacardi 151 11-07-2007 04:31 PM

Sigh, need a dermal (don't own one)...To add, if you're using the existing box and spacers you'll not only need longer outlet screws, you'll need longer cover screws...

Stubbie 11-07-2007 04:59 PM

Not if you use a box extender. You will need two long screws look at the first link.

robertmee 11-08-2007 07:39 AM

I have a somewhat related question. We want to add some wainscoat to existing drywall. The current boxes are of course set to the face of 1/2" drywall. If we add 1/8" or 1/4" wainscoat (haven't decided yet), do I need extenders, or do I just make sure the hole in the wainscoat is the size of the box so that the outlet ears sit on top of the wainscoat?

hubbard53 11-08-2007 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by robertmee (Post 72514)
I have a somewhat related question. We want to add some wainscoat to existing drywall. The current boxes are of course set to the face of 1/2" drywall. If we add 1/8" or 1/4" wainscoat (haven't decided yet), do I need extenders, or do I just make sure the hole in the wainscoat is the size of the box so that the outlet ears sit on top of the wainscoat?

while tiling my backsplash, i made sure to take hte tile close enough for the outlet 'ears' to sit on top of the tile. . .

NateHanson 11-08-2007 01:38 PM

I think in drywall, a 1/4" gap is ok, but in wood, which is combustable, i think you'll need a box extender to be compliant. I forget what the tolerances are in the various materials. Maybe a sparky can chime in with the data.

Bacardi 151 11-08-2007 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stubbie (Post 72358)
Not if you use a box extender. You will need two long screws look at the first link.

I understood, but I said IF YOU USE THE EXISTING...For me and I assume most, spacers and longer bolts is much cheaper and easier than box extenders...

Quote:

Originally Posted by robertmee (Post 72514)
I have a somewhat related question. We want to add some wainscoat to existing drywall. The current boxes are of course set to the face of 1/2" drywall. If we add 1/8" or 1/4" wainscoat (haven't decided yet), do I need extenders, or do I just make sure the hole in the wainscoat is the size of the box so that the outlet ears sit on top of the wainscoat?

I did "look-a-like" wainscoat...If you're on a tight budget and ulitmately want to paint, not stain, as long as you have a descent looking drywall simple just paint it.

frenchelectrican 11-08-2007 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Bacardi 151 (Post 72344)
Sigh, need a dermal (don't own one)...To add, if you're using the existing box and spacers you'll not only need longer outlet screws, you'll need longer cover screws...


only one qurik i will say this in here you say longer cover screws really it will not a wise idea because there is some devices if you used longer cover screws it can do some damage i know there were few repectales done that and broke it.

Merci , Marc

Andy in ATL 11-08-2007 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by robertmee (Post 72514)
I have a somewhat related question. We want to add some wainscoat to existing drywall. The current boxes are of course set to the face of 1/2" drywall. If we add 1/8" or 1/4" wainscoat (haven't decided yet), do I need extenders, or do I just make sure the hole in the wainscoat is the size of the box so that the outlet ears sit on top of the wainscoat?

Sorry, robert...boxextenders to be compliant.

spebby 11-08-2007 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Bacardi 151 (Post 72650)
I understood, but I said IF YOU USE THE EXISTING...For me and I assume most, spacers and longer bolts is much cheaper and easier than box extenders...

The big box stores have box extenders for less than a dollar.


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