wainscot outlets


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Old 07-12-07, 11:56 AM
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wainscot outlets

I'm helping a friend install wainscot this weekend in a room that has funky outlet and light switch locations. Regardless of the panel height it will end up going through the middle of an outlet or switch unless it's installed really high which wouldn't look to good in this room because of the ceiling height. Any suggestions for finishing around the wainscot that goes through the middle of the outlets?
 
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Old 07-12-07, 02:36 PM
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What kind of wainscot are you installing? And where are the receptacles that are causing trouble? I need a bit more information to make a suggestion.

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Old 07-12-07, 03:48 PM
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It's strange. The lightswitches are at two different heights and the two outlets around the sink area are at two different heights also. This is a bathroom by the way. With all these different positions I would have to put the panels 5' high which would look rediculous in a room with a 8' ceiling. To clear them by going low the panels would only be 2' which would also look unpleasing. The panels will go through the middle of at least one outlet. Moving them is out of he question.
 
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Old 07-12-07, 04:44 PM
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Use a piece of trim, similiar in thickness to your chair rail or cap on top of the wainscotting. Set the rececpticle in this trim [use a box extender] and run your wainscotting and chair rail up to it.
 
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Old 07-13-07, 10:34 PM
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Marksr is right; if you can't move the outlets make it look like it was planned that way. If you can't find any trim that will work you can use some 1x. Make a little picture frame with mitered corners that goes around the box extensions. The switch plate or socket plate will sit on top of the frame. The molding and paneling go around the outside of the frame. Finish the little frames the same as the wainscot and it'll look like it was planned that way.
 
 

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