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fixing drywall around outlet

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Okay so we get the kitchen remodled complete tear out to the studs we add some outlets. electric guys turn a 2 gang box into a 3 gang box it was attached to the stud on the the right side. So 2 months later, tonight, I am making dinner and notice what looks like a bulge on the left side of the outlet cover? So I take the cover off and what happened was as the outlet was screwed into the box on the left side, it pulled the left edge of the plastic box into the drywall and cracked the mud/drywall.

The electrician must have tightened the outlet too much or??? So I was able to get glue in joint and push it back in place, I also trimed a bit of the mud so when the outlet is tightened it will not push on the mud again. think this will hold. I really hope so as we just got every finished and painted, it would be a nightmare to attemt to retexture paint etc.

Any other ideaS?
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yep, that's want as asked the electrician to do but they said the box would be fine. I guess I was right and now I am screwed. I was able to sort of pull the broken piece away from the box and was able to get glue in there and push it back into place. The paint did not break so you can't tell there is a fracture no. So should I trim the drywall beyond the edge of the box so when I put the outlet back on the box will not press into the unsupported edge? If this does not work I am totally screwed, we just had the drywall textured painted and this outlet is below the cabinets what a complete mess.
Just reporting back. So far my repair has worked, I just waited a couple days for the carpenters glue to harden up and I also trimmed away the extra drywall mud that edge of the box was hitting on. And finally, I did not torque the outlet screws to 100 ft pounds :laughing:

Actually they were not that tight, but they were WAY over tighten and that caused the issue. I have never understood way people overtighten everything.
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