How to Extend Electric Outlets in Stone Walls

Written by billy brainard
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Home remodelling projects, such as stone wall additions, can oftentimes lead to issues when it comes to hooking up and reinstalling electrical sockets and cover plates. Installing an electrical box extender will allow you to customise and add the length you need to your outlet box so when you install the cover plate, it will mount flush to the stone wall. By simply sliding the extension ring into the existing outlet box, you can set it to whatever depth best fits your project.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Electrical box extension rings

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the power off to the outlet at the main circuit panel. The breakers are typically labelled on the panel door.

  2. 2

    Loosen and remove each of the top and bottom screws, using the screwdriver, that hold the electrical socket in the electrical box. Gently pull the outlet out of the box as far as the wiring will allow it to safely stretch.

  3. 3

    Slide the outlet through the back and out of the extension ring. Line up the extension ring and slide it into the electrical box. Adjust the ring to the depth you need and insert a screw into each of the holes and secure it to the electrical box.

  4. 4

    Push the wiring back into the outlet box, and line up the holes of the outlet with the holes in the extension ring and insert a screw and tighten each one securely.

  5. 5

    Replace the outlet cover over the outlet and insert a screw into the centre hole and tighten it down, holding it in place over the outlet.

  6. 6

    Repeat the above steps to install any additional electrical extension rings as needed.

    Once complete, turn the power back on at the main circuit panel.

Tips and warnings

  • Never attempt to work on any electrical socket or wiring without first turning the power off at the circuit breaker.
  • Be sure to consult a licensed electrician before beginning any electrical project.

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