Don’t Let Drywall Compound Derail Your Electrical Rough-in
Use wax to keep outlet-box screw holes clear and accessible.
Sometimes when the drywall guys get on the job site, they inadvertently fill the holes in the outlet boxes. We need these holes because that’s where the screws go that hold the switches or the outlets in place. You could spend your time trying to chip away the drywall compound, but there’s a better way.
Mike Guertin from East Greenwich, R.I., uses the wax from a toilet-bowl gasket to solve this problem. He chips off a little bit of that stuff and fills all of the screw holes so it’s easy to pop off any joint compound that gets spread across them. Any wax that remains makes it easy to screw the screws into the box. Now I don’t have to worry about the drywall taper coming along and filling these up. I know he doesn’t mean bad, but sometimes it happens.
Sure enough, we came back after the drywall guys paid a visit and they’d inadvertently filled one of the holes in our box here. But because we have that wax in there, the hardened compound will pop right off. Great tip, Mike. Anything that saves me a little trouble with drywall work is OK with me. Thanks for sending that in.