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How do I address tiling around plug and switch outlets? Should the outlet be raised to the level of the tile so that the plates can go back on?

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Posted 2013-01-05T14:12:26+0000  by 2dolist 2dolist

Hello 2dolist,


Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!


If you have existing receptacle and switches that are already on the wall, you can do several things to make them flush once the tile installation is complete.


Of course, how deep they will be will be determined on what tile and materials you'll be putting in for your new backsplash.


Typically, any existing drywall is removed and tile backerboard is placed over the studs, and then mortar and tile is placed on top of that. 


However, if you are using SimpleMat, this material simply is applied directly over the drywall (as long as it is level and clean first), thereby reducing a lot of gap between the tile and the electrical devices.


Simply layout and measure your tiles as you normally do, use markers to denote on the tile where they will be cut, and alter them accordingly.


Should you run into a large gap when you finally install your receptacles and switches, there are 2 ways to solve this problem.


First, if the gap is about 1/2" or slightly more than what you have now, you can simply use cover plate screws available at your local store in our switch plate and receptacle aisle that are available in longer lengths.


Another item you use is Wiring Device Spacers if the gap is significant. Use these only if the cover plate screws aren't long enough. 


I hope this has answered your questions regarding your backsplash, and if there were any further questions or comments you'd like to discuss please feel free to do so.


Hope to hear from you soon, and have a great day.



Posted 2013-01-05T20:20:00+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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