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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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Backsplash Question

I'm installing glass mosiac 12x12 sheets on a kitchen backsplash and have ran into a situation where I could use some creative advice.

A double gang light switch splits the end of the cabinets (see diagram below). Normally you would finish the backsplash at the end of the counter/cabinet.

With that said, what's the best way to deal with this light switch? I thought about cutting some filler strips of wood for under the right side of the wall plate and painting them the same color as the wall.

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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:16 PM   #2
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What is on the other side of that doorway? Maybe you could put the switch over there on the other side? (directly behind current location) Or relocate the switch to another wall.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:26 PM   #3
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There's a fridge directly on the other side and that's the main entrance so it needs to stay in that location.
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I think I would go all the way to the door trim. Finish the top with bullnose and maybe tile it all the way down to the base. If you look to the right you'll see what I had to do.
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That's how I did mine also. Whether you like the look or not is up to you obviously. In my case, I couldn't move it because a HVAC duct and grouping of studs prevented it. If you have some room to slide it over by 4" left or right, you can avoid the tile edge.

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I would relocate it to the left side of the stud so the switch is inside the tile.
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If it was my house I would do as Brian suggested and move the switch to the left inside the tile. It really is the proper way to do it and I think you will be much happier in the long run.
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Easier said then done.
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Well, I have two concerns about moving the jbox--
1. If there's not enough romex to shift the box then I get myself into a second box (inside the wall) to add additional wire length-- pain in the butt.

2. This switch plate runs all the can lights for the kitchen and moving this switch far enough in to fully encompass the backsplash would make it awkwardly distant from the entrance.

I'm liking the idea of carrying the backsplash to the door moulding-- but I will carry it down the edge to the baseboard for a more finished look.
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"With that said, what's the BEST way to deal with this light switch?"

I'd move it to the left, inside the tile.
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Hidden Junction boxes

Not sure where you live, but in many places hidden junction boxes in the walls are against code.
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Easy for me, I just call electrician, I don't mess with electricall stuff and I don't mess with snakes either.

If I didn't have the money I would probaby notch the plate or bondo it which I have done both but I'm good at doing off the wall stuff like that and making it look good.

Or just take it all the way out as others have suggested.

As a contractor I put into all my proposals I'm not responsible for relocating electrical outlets unless I put an option in it to do so which states that it is an additional charge and all work will be performed by a liscensed electrician.
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