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  1. #1
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    Default Tiles in Outlets

    I just put up my kitchen backsplash but unfortunately didn't realize the tiles cover part of the outlet until now. The attached photos shows how the metal prongs at the bottom of the outlet are underneath the tile. Can anyone offer a solution? Can I cut the tile without entirely removing it from the wall? Should I cut off the metal prongs?
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Tiles in Outlets

    Completely remove the screws holding the receptacle to the box. You should then be able to wiggle the recept out. You will probably need longer screws (6-32) to reattach the recept and have it flush with the face of the tile.

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    Default Re: Tiles in Outlets

    there's two ways you can go about this. #1 would be to turn off the circuit breaker, remove the screws that hold the outlet in place, use a pair of wire cutters and clip the outler out then use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull out the tabs if you can. then you can replace the outlet. the good news is that you didn't cover up the screws that hold the outlet in place. #2 would be to remove the grout around the tile above and below the outlet, remove the tiles, remove the outlet then tile it up and replace the outlet.

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    Default Re: Tiles in Outlets

    As that's located on a kitchen counter, typically that should be GFI protected anyway. If not part of a GFI circuit you may want to replace that outlet with a GFI one.

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    Default Re: Tiles in Outlets

    Or at least make sure the outlet is ganged into another GFI...
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    Default Re: Tiles in Outlets

    Got it done. Thanks!

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