How to Add an Outlet Extender

 

Today I am going to show you How to Add an Outlet Extender. On Monday I showed you how easy it is to install the Flow Wall panels. The only thing that will slow you down is if you run into a light switch or an outlet. But, that’s easily remedied by cutting a hole in the material.

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Difficulty: Easy, but will require using some power tools and turning off the electricity.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Important: Start by turning off the power to the outlet you are working on and check the outlet for power. After you are certain the power is off, remove the face plate.

How do you know where to cut your hole? Do you eyeball it? Do you cross your fingers? I like to pucker up and kiss it for good luck! Just kidding, but I do grab my bright red lipstick tube.

Use the lipstick to draw around the edges of the outlets.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Then line up the wall panel and press it against the outlet.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

When you remove the panel lipstick marks will be left where the outlet is. (Note: the Flow Wall has recessed areas, so only the top outlet shows.) Lay the outlet cover over the lipstick print and trace around the outside edge.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

You’ll notice in the picture below that I drew a line slightly inside the tracing of the outlet cover. I use that line to cut on, so you won’t see the junction box hole after the face plate is replaced. Use a 1/2 inch (or larger) spade drill bit to cut holes into each corner of the tracing.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Insert the jigsaw inside one of the pre-drilled holes and start cutting around the rectangle.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Work your way around until you return to where you started. Now you have a hole for your outlet!

How to Add an Outlet Extender

If you are more of a video learner, here is a video showing this technique on a piece of beadboard:

Check the fit against your wall. Perfecto!

How to Add an Outlet Extender

But wait, it’s not perfect when you try to put the outlet face plate back on. When you add any depth to your walls (from tiling, wainscoting, wall treatments or a Flow Wall), you will likely need to extend your outlet box.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Remove the top and bottom screws from your outlet.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Gently, but firmly, pull the outlet outside of the junction box. Thread your outlet extender over the outlet and wires.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Press the extender into the box until it is flush with the “new” wall. The extender should fit into the original outlet box. If there is a gap between the two, you might need a deeper extender.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Replace the outlet using the longer screws that came with the outlet extender.

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Screw the face plate back on and…DONE! That wasn’t too hard was it?!

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Now you can continue adding the Flow Wall panels ;-).

How to Add an Outlet Extender

Stay tuned for the final Laundry Room reveal. You don’t want to miss it!

How to Add an Outlet Extender

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  1. Chris
    Chris says:

    I may not use lipstick for a job like this but I have needed something to do something similar and it sounds like lipstick could be the answer. Thanks.

    Reply

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