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Old 01-05-2018, 05:11 PM   #1
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Backsplash help

I only do a couple of tile backsplashes a year.
I always struggle with the outlets and switches.
I have a hard time cutting the tile , so the outlets
rest on the tile but, leave the hole open for the outlet
cover to screw into . ( I hope that makes sense)
I would like to be able to shim out the outlets first,
( the thickness of the tile) and then just have to cut the
tile slightly inside of the Covers.
How do you guys handle outlets?
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:29 PM   #2
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Box extensions or these.
https://m.lowes.com/pd/Gardner-Bende...Spacer/4573784
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:00 PM   #3
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What the electrical code requires is that (A) the face of the box is recessed no more than 1/4" from the face of the tile (NEC 314.20) and (B) the edges of the tile are no more than 1/8" from the edges of the box (NEC 314.21).

(A) is easily complied with using a box extension. (B) is trickier and would most simply be met by carefully cutting the hole on the tile, perhaps using the box extension as a template. You could also use a non-combustible patching compound to fill the area around the box, but of course you need to leave an 1/8" gap for movement accommodation of the tile.

Actually, the code language is a little unclear--if the face of the box is not recessed at all from the face of the tile, it may not be necessary to comply with (B).

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Thanks Ryan, that looks like it would work great.
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