will paddle switches and GFI fit?

Old 04-28-21, 10:05 AM
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Exclamation will paddle switches and GFI fit?

I'll be replacing this outlet with a GFCI. In addition I want to replace the toggle switches with paddle switches. If I'm not mistaken I think the bodies on those are bigger. Will I have enough room in the box to add those?
BTW...two separate circuits. Outlet on one, lights switches on another.
correction: No need to change out the outlet, that's already protected with GFCI at circuit box.

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Old 04-28-21, 11:26 AM
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You'll need to remove the cover plate and look at how big the box is inside the wall to make sure but you should have enough room without the GFCI. You may need to do some folding of the wires around the new switches to get everything to fit but it should fit. If it's really tight I'll pre-bend the wires while the switches and outlets are out of the box. Then I push them all back as one and screw them in place.
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Old 04-28-21, 06:29 PM
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While the face of a Decora (paddle) switch is larger, the body is very close to the same size as a standard residential switch. You should have no issues fitting them inside the box.

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