Electrical outlets and double drywall?

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  1. chris larralde

    chris larralde Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm not much of a construction wizard so I need some help on what is probably a pretty simple thing.
    I'm putting up two layers of 5/8 dry wall. I noticed that existing light switches and outlets have their plastic housing nailed into the 2x4 framing. When I put up the two layers of dry wall, I can't get the outlet to extend any further which results in the outlet being recessed or lose and floating.
    What do you do?
    regards,
    chris
     
  2. ace peterson

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    If that was my problem, I would probably put a nailer onto the stud and then just screw the outlet box onto the nailer. (Just screw through the back of the box.)
    Ace
     
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    chris larralde Stunt Coordinator

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    Great idea Ace -- thanks
     
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    Anytime, Chris.
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    I used extra deep metal boxes an added 2 holes near the back of the box. This allowed me to use 3" screws through the box into the studs and still left me extra room even when clearing 1/2" sound board, 5/8" drywall, 1/2" acoustical panels and drapes.
    ---Andy Garabedian
     
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    Chris,
    With most electrical boxes all you have to do is set the box so that it sticks out away from the wall an extra half inch or so. This will not hurt the box and you should still have plenty of room for the nails to securely fasten into the stud. I'm a drywall contractor and I've seen this done on many occasions with no problems whatsoever.
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