SliderBox: Why Replace Outlet Boxes When You Can Slide Your Way to Code Compliance?

August 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Electrical 

sliderboxesWell, well, well. If my inner DIYer hasn’t found another product to love. These days, I’ve been dreaming of putting a tile backsplash in my kitchen. Most of my focus has been on things like mud, grout, trowels, tile cutters, and the actual tile itself, but I had a small epiphany (a “light bulb” moment, if you will) the other day, as I was watching Holmes on Homes while sweating it out on the treadmill.

Good, responsible and detail-oriented Mike Holmes was rescuing another family in distress from the shoddy work of a disreputable contractor. He was primarily there to right a prematurely disintegrating tile floor, but decided to throw in a bonus new backsplash for the long-suffering homeowners. There I am, doing my “hamster-in-a-wheel” workout, and watching Holmes do some proper tile work. At one point, he and his tile guy notch a tile to fit around an outlet box, and it hit me that installing a backsplash changes the thickness of your wall, and can make things a little tricky as far as outlet boxes are concerned.

If you tack (or nail, or glue) any type of decorative finish onto drywall in a way that causes your outlets to become recessed, in many (or all) cases, you’re not meeting electrical code. I love pretty tile, but not at the expense of receptacles that aren’t quite safe.

Anyway, to make a long story short, the SliderBox™ came across my desk just 2 days later. It looks like any boring old electrical box, but it’s actually able to adjust to different depths without any hassle. Want to add tile to your wall? Just slide it out to make it deeper. What about if you remove a decorative overlay from your wall? Just slide again for a shallower box. All you need to do is loosen a couple of screws, which is a heck of a lot easier than replacing – or relocating – the junction box altogether.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a project waiting for me. Has anyone seen my tile nippers?

check this thing out