Correct way to attach outlet wall plate?

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What you’ll need:

WallBlade kit Pliers to bend wire Utility knife for cutting drywall and cutting cable drop sections Phillips screwdriver Measuring tape (optional) Bubble level (optional)

WallBlade installation how-to video

Instructions

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1 – Using the template included at the back of this instruction manual, measure and cut out a hole in the wall for each wall plate. The top hole should be right behind where your TV will be, while the bottom should be on or near the regular outlet height. If using the included in-wall power cable the holes should be no more than 9 feet apart. (note that the WallBlade does not need to be installed next to a stud)

2 – Using a utility knife, cut out the correct size holes in the audio/video cable slots on both wall plates. Start with cutting out the largest block and cut further down as needed.

3 – Using the top wall plate (the one with a power receptacle), unscrew...

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If you can put together a puzzle this step will be easy for you. I have attached a PDF of all the shapes you will need. If you are lucky like me, and have access to a laser printer, you can just import it and have the laser do all the cutting, making your job easier. However, if you don't have access to a laser printer you can print out the PDF making sure it is 1:1 scale. Then you can continue to trace and cut out all of the shapes with a jig saw or hand saw if that's all you have available.

Once you have cut out your shapes you can glue it together like the above picture showed. You shouldn't need to do any clamping. It should be able to hold its self together once you hold it hand tight for...

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Switchplates (or decorative switch plate covers) are typically the housing for a light switch or a wall outlet. The switch plate covers up the hole in the wall to where the light switch or outlet sits. They keep wires from becoming...

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If an outlet (commonly called a receptacle) no longer holds a plug snugly, it should be replaced. The procedure for replacing a duplex (two-outlet) wall receptacle is similar to that of replacing a switch. The only difference is that, depending on where the receptacle is located in the wiring scheme of your house, it may have more wires attached to it than you find attached to a light switch.

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Look closely at the terminal screws of the new duplex receptacle. On each side of the receptacle is a pair of terminal screws. The upper screw is connected to the upper outlet, and the lower screw services the lower outlet. A thin, metal break-off tab connects these screws. This tab enables you to attach a single wire to either screw and feed electricity to both outlets of the receptacle. If the tab is broken off, you can connect the upper and lower outlets to separate wires and control them independently.

If the receptacle is wired to...

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Cut out a hole, 1/2 stud to 1/2 stud, inclusive of bad outlet hole

Cut proper size patch from good drywall piece

Cut out an outlet hole, in the proper place, in the patch

Install patch using drywall screws

Tape

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Sand

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Prime

Paint

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Got to Paint Store
Get Drywall Patch Clips
Cut out a hole, slightly smaller than the method above, inclusive of bad outlet hole
Cut proper size patch from good drywall piece
Cut out an outlet hole, in the proper place, in the patch
Install patch using drywall patch clips
Tape
Mud
Mud
Mud
Sand
Dust
Prime
Paint

Sorry if it seems like a lot but that's the deal
Your "character" really left you a "few inches" problem that takes "a few feet" of...

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