How to Install a Receptacle Box in a Tile Backsplash

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    • 1). Place the front of the receptacle box or the side of the box with the opening against the tile backspace in a level and centered position where you plan to install the box. Trace the outline of the box with a marker and then place the box off to the side.

    • 2). Cut out the section of tile and drywall with a rotary tool equipped with a masonry cutting blade. Keep as close to the outline you drew onto the wall as possible to ensure a tight fit to the receptacle box.

    • 3). Locate the screw in both the upper-right and lower-left corner of the box. The screws go through the front of the box and attach to plastic tabs. Turn the screws clockwise. As you turn the screws, the plastic tabs move towards the front of the box. Keep turning the tabs until the tabs grip the backside of the wall and secure the receptacle box in place.

    • 4). Place the box in the hole you cut into the backsplash. Hold it in place with one hand while you turn the screws in the upper right corner and lower left corner of the box with a screwdriver. As you turn the screws, the plastic tabs rotate up and grip tight against the backside of the wall. This locks the old work receptacle box into place.

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