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How to Flush Wall Socket Outlets

An electrical wall socket outlet is secured to an electrical box in the wall with two screws. A faceplate is attached over the outlet with another screw. If the outlet is not mounted to the electrical box properly, the faceplate will not fit correctly. The outlet sockets are required to be even with the cutouts in the faceplate and not above or below them. Making a wall socket outlet flush can be accomplished in just a few minutes, even by the novice.

Remove the screw in the centre of the faceplate if it is already installed. Use a standard screwdriver to remove the screw and pull off the faceplate.

Locate the two screws that secure the outlet to the electrical box in the wall. One screw is at the top and the other is at the bottom of the outlet.

Set the faceplate over the outlet and flat against the surface of the wall. Determine if the outlet is beyond the surface of the faceplate or is below it. Remove the faceplate.

Loosen the two screws an equal amount if you determined that the outlet was below the surface of the faceplate. This will adjust the outlet toward you. Only adjust the screws an eighth of a turn and then set the faceplate over the outlet to check the fit. Turn the screws an eighth of a turn more if the outlet still is not even with the surface of the faceplate. When the outlet is flush with the faceplate, secure the faceplate with its screw.

Tighten the two screws an equal amount if you determined that the outlet was above the surface of the faceplate. This will push the outlet further into the electrical box. Adjust the screws an eighth of a turn at a time and check the level of the outlet with the faceplate after each turn. Attach the faceplate with its screw once the outlet is flush with it.

Things You'll Need

  • Standard screwdriver
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About the Author

Damon Koch has years of writing experience ranging from software manuals to song lyrics. His writing has appeared in software manuals for Human Arc and on the CDs "Small Craft Advisory" and "Impersonating Jesus." He also has worked in building maintenance since 2004. He has attended Lorain County Community College as well as Cleveland State University.