new box in ceramic tile

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Old 05-11-06, 10:33 AM
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new box in ceramic tile

I have an old home with ceramic tile on the walls and only a single switch on the walls. I wish to put in a switch and dual outlet in its place. Do you have any suggestions as to how to cut through the tile so i can insert a larger box? thanks....
 
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Old 05-11-06, 11:06 AM
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Dremel Tool

Buy a Dremel tool (other companies have similar tools) and get a wheel designed to cut through tile. Relatively inexpensive tool that is easy to control for this type of job.

Lots of attachments you can purchase as you need them in the future.

Buy a couple of similar tiles and practice on them before trying the real tile.
 
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Old 05-11-06, 11:09 AM
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good suggestion, I have a roto zip saw. I will check into it.

thanks.
 
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Old 05-11-06, 11:13 AM
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I suggest before you start that you determine if you can do this.

I mean both electrically and legally.
 
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the other thing if this is in kitchen or bathroom area the code is pretty fussy with this the repectailes must be gfci protected.

if you are not sure about this i will suggest to read the book releted with wiring and it will explain some details but as i will head up for you please do check with local code they might be little diffrent.

also you cant use the lighting circuit for kitchen circuit.

bathroom is little tricky here there is two way to deal with it but right now i rather you read and plan this ahead of time before you start boring in the tile wall and make a heckva a mess.

the switch how many wire is there now ??

if only two wire and no other wires at all you have to bring new wire for repeticale if more than two maybe i say maybe depending how it hook up


Merci , Marc
 
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Old 05-12-06, 04:02 AM
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Tile wall outlet

I know there are three white wires with a wire nut on them and then the black on either side of the switch. I agree that there should be a GFI. Thanks
 
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Old 05-12-06, 04:30 AM
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This sounds like a bathroom. You probably cannot legally add a receptacle to this circuit. Run a new circuit.
 
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