box extensions

ionized_gwFebruary 13, 2013

I have a room with plaster walls that were re-coated with plaster. The boxes are, predictably, recessed. Although they probably meet requirements, I'd like to bring the switch and outlets flush. I have a mixture of old, stud-mounted metal boxes and add-on plastic ones.

I tried a couple of washers behind the yoke on one plastic box, but it did not seem to help. Today I poked around a bit and found this:

Is this the best way? Are there alternatives? I don't understand how this will work with the differently-dimensioned boxes.


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Ron Natalie

Those are pretty much what you need. They even have them at the home centers. Of coure, they have to match the box size (they are slightl narrower than the box they fit into.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 1:23PM
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Thanks, I'll poke around in the store on the way home tonight.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 2:45PM
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Ironically enough, I just installed one of these very same extenders this morning on a receptacle with a single gang steel mud ring that was probably close to 1/2" back in the 5/8" dry wall - worked great.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 10:14PM
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Thanks for the review.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 12:12AM
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