Recepts to deep....

Old 11-07-04, 07:31 PM
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Question Recepts to deep....


My basement walls (wood basement) are sheeted with T-111, and underneath that is drywall. When the t-111 was installed, they never compensated for the additional thickness and now I cannot put switch plates on the switches or recepticals. Is there an easy way to remedy this without pulling the house apart to adjust the boxes?

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Old 11-07-04, 07:59 PM
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Go to your home center and ask in the electrical aisle for box extenders.
Old 11-07-04, 10:15 PM
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These are the ones we use at work. Might need some longer #6 screws too.
Old 11-09-04, 12:55 PM
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The box extenders only compensate for the protection of the wires, not the depth of the receptacles. You will also need to place some spacers behind the receptacle tabs to build them out flush with the wall surface. HD or Lowes sells these neat plastic accordian type things that fit on the receptacle mounting screw and hold out the receptacle. Also use the box extenders to protect the connections and wires since they will be partially outside the box.

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