What is the normal case when dry wall people cover over the outlets and i`m not sure of exact location. If I tear up sheet rock to find it shouldn`t they repair it? This has been the worst job I`ve ever seen 1" gaps around the boxes the rec are floating in the box with only the cover for real support.I`ll have to do extra work for this to work out.With contract written how do you make out in a situation like this?
Have the drywall contractor find the boxes that he covered up and repair his own mistakes and then refuse to trim the job out untill the holes are repaired around the boxes.That wiil usually get the owner or general contractors attention.Once you have their attention,show them that 314.21 does not permit the gap around the box to be larger than 1/8 inch.
Rarely will I go to trim out a job and not have something covered up. We paint the floors so we know where the boxes are. I have had as many as 13 covered up in one house.
I do my best not to damage the drywall when I have to dig it out by using a piece of #12 stripped out with a sharp point on one end. You can feel when you hit the box and if you miss it only takes a little spackle to fill th hole.
If you p*ss off a sheetrocker then they can make life miserable by routing off all your wires and covering up as much as they can get away with. I try to respect their work the same way they respect mine.
I also mark the floor where boxes and recessed lites are located. To help safeguard against the rotozip I try to carefully fold my wires as far as possible towards the back of the box, but even this does not always guarantee against nicked and cut wires. I have also been taking digital pics on bigger jobs. I spend a bit of time "chisling" out plaster.
The bottom line is sheetrockers and plasterers get paid by the square foot. They are rewarded for speed and we do suffer because of it.