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:April 2011
Align the new box with the stud side of
the existing opening and level it. Then
trace the larger profile onto the wall. Cut
the larger opening with a drywall saw.
Thread the old wires into the top or bottom
clamp and pull on them until the
cable jacket comes through. Slide the
box into the opening and tighten the
Connect the receptacle. Secure
the receptacle and install the receptacle
cover plate and trim bezel.
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
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).
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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