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Unread 09-01-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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Where to end backsplash

Hi, I'm a newbie and looking for some advice. We're installing a tumbled stone backsplash in the kitchen but there is a double switch box smack in the middle of where the countertop and cabinets end. We can't move the switch box because there is not enough room between studs on one side and water pipes on the other side. The way I see it, I have three options.

1. Extend the tile beyond the countertops (about 2.5 inches) to the outside edge of the switch plate.
2. End the tile at the countertop and have the switch plate hang off the edge of the tile.
3. End the tile before the countertop ends (about 3 inches), at the inside edge of the switch plate.
I'm not sure what will look best. I'm not happy with any of the options. Looking for any suggestions. Thanks!!
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Unread 09-01-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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switch plate op 4

End at the counter where you want it then picture frame the switch plate cover. (1/2 to one inch looks best to me but use your own judgement)
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Unread 09-01-2008, 03:33 PM   #3
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I hate when them switch plates are just out of range.

Move it one way or another and be happy.

Sounds like a lot of work now but once your pretty backsplash has been in for a couple of years you will forget about all the hard work.
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Unread 09-01-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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Hi twinsmom22,

I would do what crow wing suggest's if you dont want to move the box, which isnt as hard as you think.

check out these post's and idea's how to terminate the tile when using tumbled marble

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...30&postcount=5

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...31&postcount=6

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...36&postcount=9
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Unread 09-01-2008, 08:45 PM   #5
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Thanks for your suggestions. As mentioned earlier, we can't move the box, we already opened the wall and tried. It is sandwiched between two studs. On the left side of the stud there is no room, and on the right side are water pipes. I may try to picture frame around the switch plate like crow wing suggested. Does anyone have any pictures of that? I would love to see what it looks like. Thanks!
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Unread 09-02-2008, 12:57 AM   #6
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Could you change the double-gang box to a single gang with a double-switch device like this one?

If you have two studs so close together and it's a not a load-bearing wall, you could even chisel out a bit of the stud if you have to scootch the box over a bit more. Just don't forget to be sure that the switch plate (which is wider than the box) will fit in the tiled area.
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