Electrical box extenders

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Old 09-06-06, 06:07 AM
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Electrical box extenders

During final inspection, the inspector told me to put in electrical box extenders in two outlets that were more than 1/4" from the drywall surface. I found metal extenders at the local home store. I have plastic electrical boxes. Well, after passing final inspection with the new extenders, one of these outlets sparked. I found that the metal extender had come in contact with one of the outlet side screws. I am going to remove all outlets and cover the side screws with electrical tape. Do they sell plastic outlet extenders that i should use instead of the metal ones? Is there anything else i should do to avoid a problem in the future? Thanks.
 
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Old 09-06-06, 06:30 AM
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Yes, they do sell plastic box extenders. I saw them at one of the big box stores, in various sizes (both depth from 1/8 inch to one inch and box size from single gang to three gang).

They also sell box extenders that are adjustable.

I am surprised they would allow you to use metal extenders on a plastic box.
 
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Old 09-06-06, 06:33 AM
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Locally, metal box extenders are all that are available at the big box stores. All the elec supply houses carry both metal and plastic ones.
 
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Old 09-06-06, 06:38 AM
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Thanks racraft. I will get the plastic extenders to be safe.
Inspection was "fun" to say the least. The rough-inspector gave me the thumbs up only to have the final inspector say i had a problem with the way i ran my wire in the storage room of my finished basement. Fortunately, it was a quick fix but made me wonder if they all possessed the same knowledge of the local codes. And now this!
 

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Old 09-06-06, 07:01 AM
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Without knowing what the issue was in your storage area, noen of us can address the issue.

Suffice it to say that sometimes there are judgment calls in performing an inspection. For example, what one inspector sees as "subject to damage" may not be seen that way by another inspector.

In some ways you are better to have been inspected by two different inspectors. Hopefully what one didn't look at too closely was better scrutinized by the other. The goal, of course, is that any and all problems were caught.
 
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