My self professed "electrician" cousin "helped" me wire a recent addition. As
I place receptacles and switches, I find that many boxes are sticking out proud
of the sheetrock, and the cover plate creates an unsightly reveal. I can't
push the boxes in, as the nail resistance is too much. Is there a trick of the
trade to take care of this goof? Thanks.
You might consider making or having made some "picture frames" from 1/4" ply
(or whatever dimension you need)
that could surround the rough in box. They could be glued onto the wall or
simply held on by the finish plate. I would shape and sand the edges and
Warning! The NEC does not like flammable material exposed, but this would
be similar to installing receps on a paneled wall.
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Have cousin It come over and fix it. Grinding might be one possibility, but
have fun grinding if you used those inexpensive blue electrical boxes.
These things are almost indestructable. The trick of the trade would be to
make sure you took your wall thickness into account when installing the
boxes. It's a bit easier to work if the box is a bit too deep. GL2U.
On 15 Nov 2003 01:03:52 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (JFCBAS) wrote:
Metal boxes or plastic?
If plastic and not sticking out too far they can be shaved with a
If plastic you could also cut them out and replace with "remodel"
boxes that use wing clamps to hold them in.
| James E.Thompson, P.E. | mens |
| Analog Innovations, Inc. | et |
I ran into this problem recently, while undergoing minor renovations
(read: painting the whole bloody house).
My JBs are metal, and one in particular was sticking out a little too
far...it houses three light switches. Because I am a little light on
tools (and I didn't want to rip the wall down to adjust the position
of the box), I simply used vice-grips to bend the sheet metal inward.
Once I made the bend, I hammered the metal in so that it was flush
with the wall (vice-grips aren't exactly the most precice tool to use,
Anyway, the end result is good....albeit with a slightly bent junction
box. For reference, the box was probably protruding 1/8" over the
drywall in places.
Of course, I didn't have the right tools for the job. I expect that a
mini-grinder (Dremel?) would be a better option, to remove any excess
on the box.
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