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Install a Wall Hugger Receptacle

Gain precious extra inches of space on kitchen countertops and behind appliances by replacing an existing receptacle with a recessed electrical outlet box.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine


That new espresso machine looks great in your kitchen, and it even hides the receptacle. But it would look even better if the cord didn’t make it stick out from the wall 3 in. Solve that problem by replacing the existing electrical box with a recessed “remodeling box” (such as Arlington No. DVFR1W-1; available through our affiliation with amazon. com) http://www.amazon.com/Arlington-DVFR1W-1-Recessed-Electrical-Mounting/dp/B002W6ZOR4. It will take about an hour.

Flip the breaker to the receptacle and check it with a voltage sniffer to make sure it’s dead. Then remove the old box.

Once the old box is out of the way, you’ll have to enlarge the hole (Photo 1). Be sure to enlarge the opening on the side away from the stud. Then pull the old wires into the new box (Photo 2). Work the box into the wall while you pull the wires through. Then tighten the clamps and install the receptacle and cover (Photo 3).

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Drywall saw
    • Non-contact voltage tester

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Recessed remodeling box

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