What are electrical faceplates?

What are electrical faceplates?

Electrical faceplates, also called wallplates or coverplates, come in an infinite array of combinations, sizes, and shapes. However, there are some standard sizes for basic faceplates. Dimensions for faceplates and other electrical devices are covered by ANSI/NEMA WD 6, Wiring Devices – Dimensional Specifications.

How do you fix an outlet that sticks out too far?

You’ve replaced an old device such as a duplex outlet with a newer, bulkier device – such as a GFCI receptacles – and your electrical box is too shallow to accommodate the thicker device. Solution: Put spacers between box and device to fill the gap, then use deep plates to reach back to the wall’s surface.

What are faceplates used for?

A faceplate is a piece of material, usually plastic or metal, used to fit over a device’s components. It is mainly used for protection and for enhancing the design and appearance of the device.

What are electrical faceplates made of?

The vast majority are made from either plastic or metal and are designed to screw, clip or push (snap-fit) into place. This introductory guide will cover the basics of how to choose and buy wall plates or electrical socket covers online. To answer the question ‘what is a faceplate?

How far should outlet boxes stick out?

The common practice for receptacle outlet boxes is to install them so the bottom edge is between 12 and 16 inches above the floor.

How do you hide unsightly wall plugs?

Turn a cardboard box into a socket cover or docking station.

  1. Find a box that is slightly longer than your power strip (a box file from an office supplies store would be great).
  2. Use a box-cutter or sturdy scissors to cut a slot in each end of the box large enough to run cables through.

What is a screwless wall plate?

Look mom, no screws! These screwless wallplates are the latest trend in decorative wallplates. These all feature a two-part system with a backplate that is mounted to the electrical box just as a normal wallplate would.

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