When Are Electrical Box Extenders Required?

Planning a remodel or changing your electrical wiring? Don’t start just yet!

Whether it’s your home remodeling or office renovation, your electrical installations should be in compliance with the NEC standards. Failure to comply with these standards results in electrical hazards, claiming lives and damaging property.

The code applies to the installation of electrical fixtures or outlets in wall surfaces of concrete, gypsum, tiles, and plaster. Electrical boxes including lights and other fixtures should employ a flush-type face plate to ensure the electrical box doesn’t set back more than 6mm.

Inappropriate electrical distribution is the third leading cause of household fires—causing 1,400 injuries, 500 deaths, and $1.3 billion worth loss of property.

Whether it’s a residential or commercial property, meeting these safety standards are necessary to avoid catastrophic incidents. Installing electrical box extenders is one such precautionary measure to ensure the safety of your family and employees.

Here are a few instances where you may require electrical box extenders.

1. Wall Planking

Everyone likes the finished look that wood has to offer. But if you’re not paying adequate attention to your electrical installation, chances are, you’re risking not only your safety but also compromising on your room’s aesthetic appeal.

While cutting planks around the current outlet is one way to plank your wall, you’ll eventually notice how it looks awkward,buried too deep into the wall.

By installing a box extender, you can make sure your electrical outlet fits flush against your upgraded wall design.

2. Installing Ceramic Tiles on Your Wall


Another scenario that requires the use of box extenders is when the thickness of ceramic tiles ranges between ¼ to ¾ inches. Homeowners often consider using thick tiles due to their durability.However, this means there’s a fair chance of your outlet burying too deep into the wall.

Electrical box extenders fit snuggle against all outlet styles, leaving no gap between the outlet and extender. So if you’re planning to install ceramic tiles on your wall, getting a box extender should be the first thing to do.

Extenders are available in a range of styles and depths, allowing you to choose one that best fits your installation profile.

By providing a sealed electrical housing around recessed electrical outlets, extenders protect cables from damage and stripping. They also provide fire protection by sealing the box in events like overheating and arcing.

Looking for premium electrical box extenders? Get in touch with Gadget Mania Inc. They provide high-quality, patented box extenders for commercial, residential and industrial use.

Their ReceptXtenders are UL approved devices and very few of the non-metallic extenders, eliminating the risk of arcing altogether. Manufactured from non-installation and self-extinguishing materials, they allow seamless fittings for your all your renovation projects.

Browse through their collection today and order a design that matches your installation needs!

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