• Share:

Comments from DIY Community Members

Share what's on your mind and see what other DIYers are thinking about.

1 - 7 of 7 comments
Show per page: 20   All

February 19, 3:54 PM [GMT -5]

ok i live in ny and we dont use romex just bx so we cant use the plastic shims

November 07, 1:23 PM [GMT -5]

that's great info, however, how do you fix a loose outlet box?

August 26, 3:23 AM [GMT -5]

I have used in the past supply water lines for a sink. They are gray in color and it is the hard plastic. I just keep a supply water line and if the outlet is loose or the drywall has been cut out, just use a pair of side cuts and cut to the length you need. Works great! Try it and see if you like it.
NOTE: Cut these a bit longer so they will allow you to tighten up to where you desire the outlet to be. They will bend (the supply lines)

August 26, 3:23 AM [GMT -5]

I have used in the past supply water lines for a sink. They are gray in color and it is the hard plastic. I just keep a supply water line and if the outlet is loose or the drywall has been cut out, just use a pair of side cuts and cut to the length you need. Works great! Try it and see if you like it.
NOTE: Cut these a bit longer so they will allow you to tighten up to where you desire the outlet to be. They will bend (the supply lines)

January 18, 9:31 AM [GMT -5]

neat-o

November 24, 6:58 AM [GMT -5]

i have outlets in the garage and the 2 outside lights that do not work since the 1st week when we moved into the house. i checked the breaker box and can not find any that have tripped, i reset all of them to make sure and they still do not work, the garage door works fine and must be on a diff circuit , this is nutty and its gonna drive me nuts. this is an addition that was put in long ago.

October 18, 7:00 PM [GMT -5]

There are also codes that should be met relative to the distance from the face of the electrical box to the finished surface.
314.20 In Wall or Ceiling.
In walls or ceilings with a surface of concrete, tile, gypsum, plaster, or other noncombustible material, boxes employing a flush-type cover or faceplate shall be installed so that the front edge of the box, plaster ring, extension ring, or listed extender will not be set back of the finished surface more than 6 mm (1/4 in.).
In walls and ceilings constructed of wood or other combustible surface material, boxes, plaster rings, extension rings, or listed extenders shall be flush with the finished surface or project therefrom.

If the box is deeper than is allowed by code (and please remember this is for fire safety, then special extensions may be purchased that fill the gap and create a rated installation. Then, if it is still necessary, the spacers can go in to firm up the device itself.

+ Add Your Comment
closeX

Add Your Comment

Repair Electrical Outlets: Fix Loose Outlets

Please add your comment
closeX

Log in to My Account

Log in to enjoy membership benefits from The Family Handyman.

  • Forgot your password?
Don’t have an account yet?

Sign up today for FREE and become part of The Family Handyman community of DIYers.

Member benefits:

  • Get a FREE Traditional Bookcase Project Plan
  • Sign up for FREE DIY newsletters
  • Save projects to your project binder
  • Ask and answer questions in our DIY Forums
  • Share comments on DIY Projects and more!
Join Us Today
closeX

Report Abuse

Subject
Reasons for reporting post

Free OnSite Newsletter

Get timely DIY projects for your home and yard, plus a dream project for your wish list!

Follow Us