Ok, so here’s a little DIY tip for you.
You know, ’cause we’re a DIY blog.
We’ve worked through layers of paneling and drywall and wood slats. Remember that weird old ceiling height in the front of the house and those little square windows?
And as we’re either adding or removing layers from our walls we have all of the previously run electric boxes to contend with.
They’re good quality boxes with upgraded electric … if you have ungrounded wires you might want to call in a professional.
So the only issue that we found ourselves contending with in most cases, was getting our outlets to sit flush with the cover plates.
There’s this wall for instance.
The drywall was all torn and ripped and patched in weird places. And I may have been burnt out on demolition so we opted to just drywall right over it after our new windows were installed.
Let’s not worry about what is going on on the bed, look right past that and just check out the new drywall. Thanks.
So, adding a new layer of drywall added another 1/2 inch of depth to our wall, but we didn’t change the depth or location of our outlet boxes.
And then I’ve got another scenario for you.
An accent wall. Or feature wall. Or whatever-you-want-to-call-it wall.
That I haven’t shown you yet. But looks like this close up.
Those are wood slats that are 3/4 inches thick. But we installed the outlet boxes for regular drywall at a 1/2 inch thick depth.
So what’s a girl to do?
You can’t just not screw in your outlets all the way or they will always move back and forth when you plug and unplug things. Trust me.
But, if you screw in a nut behind the outlet that will give you the added depth you need to screw it in tight but also keep the outlet set out a bit to sit flush with your cover.
Update: I received a comment that this method isn’t to code, I haven’t checked my local code to verify but here is an affiliate link to a product called an outlet box extender that is definitely to code in all areas.
I just keep mismatched nuts in a little organizer in our shed. You can even double them up if you need to.
Update: I am reading this post, now published, drinking my first cup of coffee and thinking, man, I didn’t even plan that little nut pun. Geesh.
Easy peasy, right?!?!
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