Side-wire screws nearly touching dryway...is this safe?


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Old 07-08-15, 06:18 AM
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Side-wire screws nearly touching dryway...is this safe?

So, I have electrical paranoia issues. I won't go into the reasons why, but...I pulled off this outlet cover, and noticed that this screw terminal seems to be awfully close to the drywall. This is a new house, which should mean this work was done by the original contractors, passed inspection, etc. Is that safe?! I realize drywall is fairly fire resistant but...is this okay?

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Old 07-08-15, 06:26 AM
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It's a little sloppier than I would do on my jobs, but it's very common to see them like that. If you want to clean it up, turn the power off and trim that drywall mud back to the edge of the box using a utility knife. You can optionally screw in the unused top screw.
 
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Old 07-08-15, 06:30 AM
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Thanks ibpooks,

I was planning on doing that just in case, since I know this one is like that; just worrying about any "danger" factor, and whether it's worth checking the other outlets in the house...
 
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Old 07-08-15, 07:06 AM
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I don't think there's any danger factor to be concerned about here. Drywall is non-conductive, and with the cover in place there is nothing live exposed. The boxes are probably plastic given it's new construction, so even if the receptacle hit the box wall it wouldn't be a big deal. Residential new construction is pretty much all done on lowest bid, so there is a need for the guys to work quickly and unfortunately often sloppy.
 
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Old 07-08-15, 07:13 AM
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It looks like a plastic box was used and was set too far back. You could trim the sheetrock and then add an extension ring.

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Old 07-08-15, 09:11 AM
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Or the hole for the box was not cut large enough.
 
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Old 07-08-15, 09:32 AM
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Thanks all! This makes me feel better, and I'll look at one of those extensions.
 
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Old 07-08-15, 01:37 PM
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Someone just left the unused screw sitting out instead of screwing it in tight.
It's a complete non issue.

There no need to do anything.
 
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Old 07-08-15, 06:43 PM
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The box should be setback no more than 1/4". If greater, a box extension is needed.
 
 

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