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mjkpainting 06-22-2009 05:57 PM

Tiling under outlet wall plate???
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I am tiling my kitchen backsplash and the outlet covers currently seem to fit flush up against the drywall. I am assuming once I tile underneath the wall plates they are no longer going to be flush because of the added 1/2 inch or so.

My questions are:
Am I correct in that I am supposed to tile around the receptacle outlet but still have the wall plate sit underneath the tile????

How do I get the wall plates to be flush with the tile????

I have not picked out the tile so I am not sure of the thickness

Any help would be great

Bud Cline 06-22-2009 06:06 PM

Remove the cover-plates. Remove the screws that hold the fixture to the box and throw them away. Install the tile so that it passes behind the ears of the fixture and flushes with the edge of the box. Buy new longer screws and reinstall the fixture on the surface of the tile. Reinstall the cover-plate to the fixture. The cover plate sits atop the finished tile.

In some areas if you want to be anal about it and conform to local building codes you must use box extenders the thickness of the tile.

I personally have never used a box extender for this purpose when the tile does the same job and is in fact fire-proof when the extenders are not.:)

Scuba_Dave 06-22-2009 06:26 PM

I always save my old screws
I seem to have some missing here & there
That's what I get for taking the plates off to paint

mjkpainting 06-23-2009 07:16 AM

Fantastic thanks
That makes a lot of sense. I will do that

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