rect box not flush with wall

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Old 11-11-04, 02:43 PM
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rect box not flush with wall

I have several boxes that extend beyond the wall, so the plate covers are not snug up against the wall. Is my only option tearing out the drywall, adjusting the box depth, then repairing the damage?

I know if the box is too deep, that there are extenders that can be purchased. I was just wondering if there were special cover plates available to compensate for boxes that extend beyond the wall. None of the boxes extend more than 1/4".

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The box could be removed and replaced without removing the drywall. Use an old work box as a replacement.
 
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1/4" seems like a lot. How did this happen?

Joe's advice sounds good to me. Use a reciprocating saw to cut through the nails that hold the old box to the stud.
 
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If they're plastic nail-on boxes sometimes you can pry them off using a flathead screw driver without doing drywall damage.
 
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I'd cut the nails off with a sawzall and then reattach the same box with self-drilling screws shot through the side of the box (assuming the boxes are plastic).
 
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I believe that putting screws through the side of the boxes would be a code violation.
 
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