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Unread 08-07-2008, 12:37 PM   #1
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Outlet boxes under new tile backsplash

Hi all, I'm new to this site and love it. I can read posts all day. I love to tile for friends and family and do it often. It is kind of an addiction. It must be my OCD. My situation is below, I hope someone can help. I am installing a backsplash with tumbled stone over original drywall that has been primed. The question is what is the best way to extend the outlet and switch boxes to be flush with the new tile. I have in the past replaced the anchor scre(s) with longer ones. Is this the way to go? Or is there an "outlet box extender". Thanks for your help.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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There is an outlet / switch box extender available at your local electrical supply house. Hammy
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Unread 08-07-2008, 01:39 PM   #3
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There are even extender that have an adjustment so if you don’t know how much you need to extend it.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 02:02 PM   #4
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Longer screws are the cheap and easy way to do it.
If the switches and recepticles don't have ears or you miss on you cut and the ears dont rest on the tile you can find at the store spacers to put over the screw that will hold the switch/recepticle out where it will allow the face cover to set flush on the tile. A nut on the screw will work also.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 03:02 PM   #5
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Just use longer screws, simple and easy.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 05:56 PM   #6
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A box extender is required by code...many people don't use them, but they're cheap, come in numerous thicknesses, meet code, and work. I don't remember the exact spec, but it says the box must extend to within 'x' of the finished wall; the thickness of an average tile is not within that distance.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 06:37 PM   #7
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You guys are awesome, I asked a Home Depot associate and he had no clue. Thanks for the experienced advise.
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