The bozo that sold me my house finished two of the three bedrooms himself (converted attic space to BR’s).
I’ve noticed that all of the electrical outlets are…let’s see, how can I describe this…”spongey”. That is to say that when a plug is inserted into the outlet, the outlet pushes back into the wall about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. There’s no real solid resistance there when you push on the plug. It’s sort of, well, “spongey”.
I took a couple of the cover plates off to have a look and it appears that the problem is twofold.
#1 the boxes are not set flush with the edge of the drywall. They are set back about 1/4 of an inch.
#2 the cutouts for the boxes are too big. The holes in the drywall are cut so large that the “ears” on the recepatacle do not rest on the outside of the wall (as I assume they are supposed to).
Well, I guess I should give the guy some credit. There is one outlet in my daughter’s BR that seems just fine. I took the cover plate off to see what he did differently there. Simple…no box! He just cut a little hole, screwed the receptacle to the drywall, and finished it up real pretty by attaching the coverplate. Nice work!
But hey, I shouldn’t be surprised. This is the same guy who didn’t use a flange when he put the toilet in the new bathroom. Just stuffed the wax ring in the hole and bolted the toilet to the subfloor. It was only leaking for about a year before I discovered it.
So anyway, back to the outlets. How can I fix this?
The only approach I can think of is to cut out a section of drywall around each box large enough so I can reposition the boxes so they’re flush with the outer surface of the drywall. Then cut an appropriately sized hole in the patch so that the receptacle sits properly.
Any thoughts on a better/simpler solution?