Switch Plate Covers

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Project by JFed posted 06-12-2014 02:30 PM 2106 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One cover was made standard size and the other was made deliberately smaller in width to fit where the light switch is very close to a door jam.

-- J-Fed, Atlanta, GA,

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#1 posted 06-12-2014 05:05 PM

Nice. Red oak? Did you route out the back to allow for the switch and screws?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 06-12-2014 05:26 PM

Actually they are poplar with a red oak stain. I did have to route out the back for switch and screws.

-- J-Fed, Atlanta, GA,

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 06:03 PM

Oh heck Jfed. You have totally messed me up! Now I have to replace every single plate in the whole house. Thanks for the idea. I hope mine end up looking remotely as good as yours.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 06-12-2014 07:23 PM

Nice work and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 06-12-2014 11:58 PM

Great looking switch covers! How did you drill out the slots, and get them nice and square?

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 06-13-2014 09:56 AM

To make the cutout hole for the switch, first I drew my layout lines using my 4” square.
Then I drilled out inside the line. And finally work to the line with a chisel. You could also use a mortiser to drill them out square.

-- J-Fed, Atlanta, GA,

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#7 posted 06-13-2014 01:02 PM

Fyi…paraphrasing the 2011 NEC, faceplates must…

A) completely cover box opening and sit flush with the switch and the wall finish
B) metal faceplate must be continuous to the equipment grouping conductor
C) ferrous metal faceplate must be at least 0.03 in thick, non-ferrous metal at least 0.04 in thick, and non metallic must be noncombustible and at least 0.01 in thick.

I think these are real cool and well done. I especially like that you can customize them to fit the space.
Commercial wooden plates are expensive and one size fits all. The ones I have seen also have a metallic or plastic backing to comply with C. Very cool, though!

-- apprentice Electrician, IBEW L.U. 226

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#8 posted 06-13-2014 01:36 PM

I was gonna post what sparky said (he said it better with some backup, though). Switches will arc if not flipped quickly. Maybe some metal foil tape like you use for ductwork on the back would be the answer.

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#9 posted 06-13-2014 05:31 PM

I wouldn’t be too worried about it. I just wanted to make you aware. Any arcing would be interior to the snap switch, as the moving contacts are enclosed.

-- apprentice Electrician, IBEW L.U. 226

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#10 posted 06-26-2014 08:34 PM

you could amke the covers to go over existing platic covers…..that would solve the combustible issue…..would make them a little bulky though…..but love your work…..nice job

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