Single cover plate for two separate boxes?

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Old 05-03-07, 02:27 PM
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Single cover plate for two separate boxes?

When someone installed my ceiling fan they installed a separate box and switch beside the original one. However, the strip of drywall between the two boxes / switches got knocked out, so they filled it in with puddy or equivalent and it doesn't look very good.

What can I do to fix it? Can I convert to double or triple gang box and switch plate? If so, how do I do that? Any suggestions?

I am NOT an electrician, but I can follow directions.
 
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Old 05-03-07, 02:42 PM
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You can probably convert it to triple gang old work box. With the power off to both circuits (or the single circuit) remove both switches but make detailed notes on how things are connected. Then remove the boxes. Install an old work triple gang box after enlarging the opening to the correct size.
 
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Hi, Thank you for the reply. Does the triple gang box have to be attached to the stud or can it fit inside the drywall with the clamps?

And if I install this, then I can put a 3 switch plate on top of the triple gang box?
 
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An old work box does not attach to the studs.

You will need to use a triple gang cover. You can either buy one that accommodates two switches with a blank space or you can install a dummy switch.

Personally, if it were me, I would install a double gang switch box and repair the drywall.
 
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There are now old work boxes that will attach to the studs.

http://www.aifittings.com/whnew78.htm
 
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>>"There are now old work boxes that will attach to the studs.

http://www.aifittings.com/whnew78.htm >>"

Wow, never knew they had these! I would feel more comfortable using these then the "clamp" style old work.

They sell these at electrical supply houses?
 
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Old 05-03-07, 06:18 PM
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Here is contact info for the Arlington rep in OK.

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224 West Gray, Suite 102
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Norman, OK 73070-5988

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<Personally, if it were me, I would install a double gang switch box and repair the drywall.>

If I were going to repair the drywall, wouldn't I just leave the two single gang switches and repair it in between?
 
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I would call the electrical contractor back and make him/her fix it

It is this type of shabby work that makes us all look bad.

How to cover a hole is something to be considered before you cut the hole, not after.
 
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Yeah, well this "electrician" was asked to leave my house after they refused to fix it. There is actually a metal plate sitting between the two boxes, kind of overlapping the new box. And then I guess they lathered on a bunch of puddy or something on top of it. So I was able to sand down the puddy wad and added a little bit more spackling on top and below the wad so it didn't stick out as much. And I was able to forcibly slide the switch up a bit in the box so at least the two switches will be somewhat even. I hope this looks better than when I started. Thanks again for the suggestions
 
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they make sectional plates... IMHO they look like dirt, but you could used themn and modify the middle part.

Other than that, I do not know what to say
 
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"Here is contact info for the Arlington rep in OK.

MYERS & ASSOCIATES
Larry Myers
224 West Gray, Suite 102
P.O. Box 5988
Norman, OK 73070-5988

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Great! They are about 10 mins down the road from me!
 
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