Adjusting receptacles due to new tile

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Southern Man, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    How do I adjust this? An extender box does not fit.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2008
  2. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    An Arlington BE1 box extender will fit that application.
  3. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    Since the tile is fireproof can't he just use standoffs?
  4. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Those won't work. The edge of the tile goes over the sides of the box underneath.
  5. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Can I get them at the local big box? I already looked for something like that at Slowes with no luck.
  6. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    Then have your tile guy come back and fix his screw up. The tile should NOT be past the box edge.

    The BE1's are smaller than the box and are tapered. They might fit. Unless the tile is considerably inside the box they usually do.

    Combustible or not, I like to use them.
  7. B2CHR

    B2CHR New Member

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    Yea tile job messed up to start with. I always run my tile down to the outlet mounting screw so the outlet will lay on top of the tile. In this case I would cut a small piece of tile to slip up under the outlet "wings" and tighten the outlet down on them and install a larger face plate.
  8. rayh78

    rayh78 New Member

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    look at
    www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/19468/

    or buy the spacers made for this at H Depot, think lowes has to.
  9. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    He took 6 days for a 3 day job and I don't want to clean up after him a 7th time. Besides the tile is a "crackled" finish and would probably fall apart if he tried to dry cut them.

    I'd like to use the extenders too, and bought a few for where I can fit them without cutting them all up.
  10. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Found 'em at Depo' this morning, hiding on a bottom shelf. Thanks!
  11. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Spacers worked great. They are rubbery plastic and connect together like legos. I had to use between 5 and 9 layers, depending on the locations.
  12. Thatguy

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    Universal spacers:
    a 1/4" copper tube and tubing cutter and you cut to length on the job-
    or, 1/4" plastic humidifier pipe, you cut with knife, same deal-

    You can also wrap your own spacer with coat hanger wire but it strongly resists this treatment. If you have a gas flame, heating the wire red hot and letting it cool takes the argument out of it.

    Don't forget your long 6-32 screws.
    :)
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2008
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