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Quick Tip: Moving a Light Switch Away from Door Trim

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[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.]

Step 1: Move the Electrical Box for c. $75.00

Nearly all light switches are positioned too close to the side of a door frame to allow me to install wide moldings.

Sometimes I can get away with trimming a tad off of the side of the light switch cover. But not always.

And when my molding design requires that I move the entire light switch box over to make room for beautiful new moldings, I call a qualified electrician.

Here’s why.

Because the consequences of failing to do the job right are far too high.

It’s just not worth it. So I hire a local electrician to move the light switch box for me.

I’ve never had an electrician charge me more than $75.00 per box, and usually it’s more like $50.00 per light switch box or less.

 

 

Step 2: Repairing the Hole

What the electrician won’t do, however, is fix the resulting hole in the wall. Here’s how I do it.

The picture at the top of the page shows the small piece of mdf board I glued and nailed behind the drywall.

Below  then I cut a piece of drywall to fit inside the hole.

I add some Liquid Nails to the back of this piece of drywall to hold securely in place.

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You can usually buy small pieces of drywall at Home Depot for small repairs like this.

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Above  I don’t have a picture of this step, but I put a skim coat of joint compound over the whole thing and then quickly press pieces of mesh drywall tape into the joint compound over the seams.

Then I smooth over the joint compound with a putty knife and let it dry.

Sand, and repeat as necessary.

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I always cover drywall repairs with a coat of primer before I put my finish coats of wall paint over.

Failing to prime the repaired section will show through the finish coats of wall paint.

Hope this helps.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers, Ken

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