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Lots-o-work
Plugs recessed to far - how make them flush

I recently rebuilt a room and mounted the electrical boxes for a traditional 2 outlet box deep enough for ½” drywall. Unfortunately I used 5/8” drywall which leaves the sockets too deep within the wall to create a flush look with the face plates. Because of the waves in the walls there is a difference between the 3 boxes, one is about 1/8” too deep the second and third are about ¼” and 3/8” too deep respectively. Is there a way, without buying recessed plugs, to make the plugs flush with the face plates? I was thinking about placing galvanized washers between the socket and the box where the screws hold the socket in place. Are there any other methods that you would recommend?

DougLanglois
Re: Plugs recessed to far - how make them flush

You can buy spacers from Lowes in the electrical isle. They are bright green and can be stacked to the required thickness.

Personally, though, I just use anything on hand. Number 6 nuts work quite well, if memory serves.

Lots-o-work
Re: Plugs recessed to far - how make them flush

Thanks for the feedback, have a good one.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Plugs recessed to far - how make them flush

Or you can buy box extenders at most of the big box stores.
Jack

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