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Old 10-27-2008, 12:47 AM   #1
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How would I trim around a light switch?


I placed a light switch really close to the edge of an outside corner and now I am wondering how to trim around it?

I assume I just cut into the trim?

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Old 10-27-2008, 08:54 AM   #2
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Can you describe in a little more detail or post a picture? Can't picture how or why an outside corner would have any sort of trim on it.

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I'm a little lost by your description of outside corner. I am going to assume that you mean the outside of a section of casing or molding?
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Hi Y.M.,

Generally, light switches should sit clear of moldings. Cutting into trim work/casing/molding for a light switch is never a very pretty sight.

If, you have no other choice, or it's no big deal to you, then you can go ahead and do it.

Here's a picture that may, or may not help you (this was in my own home - the switch was already in that location, and I added nicer door casings and moldings) (Also: Yes the light switch, itself, still needs to be changed over to a darker color to match the switch plate covers):

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Sometimes you can trim the edge of the light switch, provided it isn't more than 1/4" or so. I've done this on the bandsaw a time or two. What you can't do is have wood trim exposed to the inside of an electric box.
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In that situation, it looks better to trim the switch, i.e. put a backing plate under it that matches the trim and brings it out to the same plane as the trim.
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if you have access to the wall, can you perhaps simply add a 2x4 block to the stud and move the box over that inch or so and redo the wall?
i agree with the guys, anything that cuts into the moulding looks ...well, you know.

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Not that these are "outside" pics, but may give you some idea how to tweak things...these are a few years old, so please forgive the quality.

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That is what I was talking about.
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Nice work Jay123.
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Thanks guys. It's been awhile...I would stand around scratching my head quite a bit if I had to do it tomorrow . But you know how it goes, you usually figure out something that will work (hopefully).

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In that situation, it looks better to trim the switch, i.e. put a backing plate under it that matches the trim and brings it out to the same plane as the trim.
Agreed.
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Thanks guys. It's been awhile...I would stand around scratching my head quite a bit if I had to do it tomorrow . But you know how it goes, you usually figure out something that will work (hopefully).

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When you can incorporate the wood work, it's always a good method.



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That is pretty ugly, what was so wrong about putting the switches inside the panel, People pay some pretty good money for some pretty crappy work.
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CHRIS, not fare.

You know carpenters will do just about anything to save the $ 125.00 trip charge to move a switch.

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