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Old 04-26-2019, 03:51 PM   #1
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How to stop smell/air tbrough outlet?


Where I'm living has few electrical outlets. I have a small Holmes air purifier that draws air into it. Frequently, intermittently, there is a strong smell of tobacco & possibly marijuana that is drawn in from the tenants next door, seemingly from the outlet by the bed.

Is there a way to tape the outlet or similar option that would still allow its use without causing a fire hazard?

The air isn't coming from outside. I did talk to a GC who knows the walls well & he said it could be the outlet.
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Remove the outlet cover, apply Duct tape, clear packing tape, gorilla tape, etc, over the area, leaving space for the outlet to stick through, the tape will look like the outlet cover, after trimming the access holes, stick this tape tightly to the sheet rock, the outlet, the box, to seal it off, then install the cover, and trim the tape that is exposed.

This seals it, hides the tape, and it's easy.

A scalpel, X-acto, or any sharp knife to carefully trim the tape.


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I use contact paper in the same manner as ED described trim to fit before I peel and stick. If the plate is small I sometimes leave the contact paper an inch larget all the way around, doesn't look terrible and you can choose the color.

Then look for a child safety cover that can be sealed to close off any leakage through the electrical plugs themselves.

If all fails look for a window fan to blow air into that room and pressurize it to prevent the smoke from getting in.

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There's no chance of fire? I've had a couple outlets blacken in tbe past year.
I need to use both openings.

It wasn't this place that blackened but I've become cynical. It's country with a lot of do it your selfers who shouldn't.

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Best way, if you are comfortable taking the receptacle out of the box, is to buy some 3M puddy (Used for fire stop and sound) and pack the inside of the box. could also ask the landlord - they may do it just as a good gesture.
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With the shape of the receptacle cut out the contact paper covers the box and the gap between the drywall and the box. Some child covers could be sealed and still allow the cords to be plugged in.

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There's no chance of fire? I've had a couple outlets blacken in tbe past year.
I need to use both openings.
Yeah, only use materials designed for the task.

Try these first: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-Ki...S12H/100184290

You might even want to use a small amount of silicone caulk to glue the foam to the wall and the outlet.

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If that doesn't work put plastic bags over the neighbors heads and seal the bags around their necks with a rubber band. (That's a joke... but it would fix the source of the problem).

All joking aside.. good luck with the issue. To bad Cheech and Chong are your neighbors.
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I like HenryMac's suggestion - don't know if they'd be readily available in CA (maybe Amazon) then top it off with the child plugs.
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Yeah, only use materials designed for the task.

Try these first: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-Ki...S12H/100184290

You might even want to use a small amount of silicone caulk to glue the foam to the wall and the outlet.

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If that doesn't work put plastic bags over the neighbors heads and seal the bags around their necks with a rubber band. (That's a joke... but it would fix the source of the problem).

All joking aside.. good luck with the issue. To bad Cheech and Chong are your neighbors.

Not sure those would halt the odor - actual smoke maybe...
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Not sure those would halt the odor - actual smoke maybe...
When it comes to weed and tobacco smoke... few things stop it. Well, other than my plastic bag concept.
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They're just kids. Barely 18. I almost never hear the shower. They were in Paradise, CA that burned.

There could be other smoke coming in. Like meth. Nowadays there's a lot of poly drug use. Makes no sense to me. Up & down & up.

It's an odor like only Camel or Marlboro smokers who steep in it get. Old smell.
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take the outlet off the wall

spray inside the wall around the outlet
best if you spray all the way around
you dont have to fill the j box
just create a sealed circle
the outlet then sits in that sealed circle
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Nik - ya gotta move! The posts of issues you are having with your place are unnerving.
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take the outlet off the wall

spray inside the wall around the outlet
best if you spray all the way around
you dont have to fill the j box
just create a sealed circle
the outlet then sits in that sealed circle
Spray what?
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Nik - ya gotta move! The posts of issues you are having with your place are unnerving.
I moved Jan 1st. But the Camp Fire impacted all housing for at least 100 mi.
This is country & small towns. Nothing like So. Cal. I don't think they can afford much Code Enforcement in the small towns. The Building & Planning Dept guy did enforce fixing the hazardous CO in my dwelling, though. I'm sure learning!

I did find out the previous landlord had no permits for the new bathroom, kitchen, plumbing & electricity. :D

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