I had to install a kitchen countertop receptacle horizontally to fit (squeeze)between the backsplash and a window-type (no galss)opening into an add-on dining room. The casing around the opening was wider than anticipated so the homeowner trimmed about 1/4" or less from the plate. It was a block wall punched out to accept metal boxes with side brackets nailed to furring strips. The bracket is either behind the backsplash or the casind, I don't remember. The inspector failed the final because the trimming of the plate violates it's UL listing. He wants the receptacle lowered, which when considering the rough installation is not going to be easy. Any thoughts?
Can you elongate the mounting slots in the receptacle by ¼”? That should give you enough to get the plate on. You might find that a designer style receptacle would have a little more “meat” in the area you need to elongate. Don’t try banging a metal switch box to relocate it. You’ll pop the thing apart and have a bigger mess!
Redsy: If I was the AHJ, under the circumstances, and if there were no "gaps" visable, and the box sides were not visable, it would be accepted. As another post stated, as a last resort...replace the plate with a "full" one, cut out a piece of the casing, and after the inspection, put it back the way it is now. BTW, I didn't suggest that....legal stuff ya know. John
Thanks everybody. I still have to get back into the customers to get a good look. It's been a few months since I've been there. The homeowner has insisted on handling all the "administrative" aspects of her renovation and I thought the inspection was done, and accepted long ago.
P.S. Not all AHJ's are A**holes Having Jurisdiction. Just some of them are. Once they become an AHJ sometimes the power goes to their head. They feel that 90-4 means that they can make up their own rules.