Crooked/Different depth receptacles/switches

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Old 02-14-15, 12:16 PM
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Crooked/Different depth receptacles/switches

Does someone know of any simple fixes for a frustrating common problem I've seen & encountered? You change a receptacle or switch in either a single gang box or multiple gang box and when you put the face plate on the receptacle or switch is "too" deep or crooked or in the case of multiple gang boxes the different switches & receptacles are at different depths.. Sinking the switch or receptacle flush to the gang box often results in them sitting too deep relative to the wall plate. I've tried putting washers between the mounting screw and gang box - sometimes helps but often inconsistent. I've seen this happen with electricians that have done work as well. Thanks
 
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Old 02-14-15, 12:22 PM
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To correct too much space between box and receptacle/switch ears I use what I call legos.

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Where do I get these "legos" & what is the actual name of this item?
 
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Old 02-14-15, 12:41 PM
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Yeah, Ideally the plaster ears of the device should go against the wall. Your opening was cut to big.
The spacers posted above can be folded to get proper depth. Much better than washers.

As far as crooked. I pull the device away from wall a little, rock it left to right, getting the wires to stay in the position you want.
They also sell a tool for this, which looks similar to a 3-prong outlet tester, only stronger.

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Any Lowes or Home Depot sells them.
 
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Thanks for the info.
I will pick some up
 
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Old 02-14-15, 04:45 PM
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The face of the box can be recessed no more than 1/4" from a noncombustible surface. If not a box extender is needed. I like the Arlington BE-1. They now make a larger version also.
 
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The spacers are sold in the electrical dept of most home centers. They are usually in the area with the wire nuts and zip ties.
 
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