Setting outlets flush with wall

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Topic by cshell posted 11-20-2011 12:33 AM 5458 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2011 12:33 AM

Hello all,

I’ve got a house built in early seventies. As I’m going through doing fix ups I’m finding many of the outlets are mounted deeper than the wall surface so that there often is quite a gap between the outlet and the plate opening. I thought of using washers to bring the outlets flush, but it seems that may not be a very secure method. Anyone know of any tricks to bring the outlet out so it mounts properly with the wall plate?

Thanks for any ideas.

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11-20-2011 04:39 AM

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11-22-2011 03:40 PM

Excellent, thank you.

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10-17-2014 04:07 AM

Depending on how wide the gap is, I have made these from Plastic Electrical boxes. Measure the space and cut the front of the box off to that depth. I did this at a friends house where he insulated his block walls and the dry waller mudded them in securely. Or use a long screw to attach the outlet and the spacer to the old one. Dan

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11-02-2014 07:53 PM

Depending on how much trouble you want to go through to set them right, you could enlarge the area around the outlet box and reset it. Yes, this will cause you to have to patch and refinish the sheet-rock in this area.

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11-09-2014 06:54 PM

Measure and cut bic pens to length. acts like a thick washer

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