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Caterpilar Spacers Shims (25-Pack)

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  • Helps support loose outlets and protect faceplates from breaking
  • Eliminates cutting of plate screws for GFCI decorator devices
  • Adjustable, tear-apart design ensures the proper fit
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The IDEAL Spacers are perfect for supporting loose outlets and preventing faceplates from being broken, these spacers help eliminate the need to cut plate screws for GFCI decorator devices when they are installed on tile and marble and can also be used as shims. Tear-apart spacers caterpillar together to create desired shim depth.
  • Adjusts length of receptacle or switches for proper fit of face plates
  • Not intended to be used in lieu of standard means of support or when in conflict with governing electrical codes
  • Slips over screw between device and electrical box
  • Snaps on over #6, #8, #10 screws (screws not included)
  • Do not use if finish is combustible (e. g. wood paneling) without proper barrier
  • Tear off sections as needed - each section is 1/8 in.
  • Eliminates the need to cut plate screws
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  • California residents

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Q:So it says "Do not use with combustible material such as wood paneling without proper barrier". W...
by|Apr 13, 2020
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A:  I have no idea what combustble barrier. As the home depot site shows the spacers are used between the receptacle and receptacle box. This would bring out the receptacle enough so face plate can be screwed flush to the receptacle against wood paneling. In my case my receptacle box was a little too deep inside a ceramic tile facing and neede to bring out the recepatacle a bit. See image.

by|Aug 21, 2022
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    A:  There are extension boxes that add depth to the existing box.

    by|Apr 21, 2020

      A:  They are not fire rated, so if you are using them to extend a Receptacle, Switch, or any other device, more than 1/4" outside of the junction box, you will need to add a metal extension ring to that device.

      by|Jun 19, 2022
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        A:  The intent of the comment is to make sure the terminal screws nor any bare portion of the wires can make contact with the edges of your outer surface. That means direct contact now, or future contact from a build up of dust, lint, or insect matter latter. Remember by using this product you are pulling the outlet partially out of the grounded recessed box so that it presents a flush finish with your surface. Your best defense is to wrap your outlet terminals with a good quality vinyl electric tape so there is a layer of insulation preventing the potential for an arc, as well as to insure you are not removing an excessive amount of wire insulation from your conductors when you attach them to your outlets. When the connection is made bare wire should not extend past the outlet unless it is a ground wire.

        by|Feb 1, 2023
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          A:  So you would need to use a box extension which is also available at Home Depot. Depending on what depth you have they come in multiple different sizes

          by|Jan 2, 2023
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          A:  Hi Ruzty1311 we do not have a suggestion as to what the barrier should be. This is a general warning as the electrical code does not allow combustible materials as part of an electrical box ( eg wood paneling). There are brackets you can buy to do the same job if you Google leveling a receptacle you will find them. Good luck Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com

          by|Apr 14, 2020

            A:  We installed ours in our wood cabin outlets & everything has been fine.

            by|Oct 23, 2021

              A:  These spacers are suitable for use with tile or drywall if the box is too far back. If you need a spacer for wood paneling, cabinets, or similar combustible material, you should use a plastic or metal sleeve style spacer instead. Arlington industries makes a good one that I've used for multiple outlets and switches in a room covered in wood paneling.

              by|Aug 4, 2021
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                Q:Do i need to turn off the circuit braker to install these?
                by|Feb 22, 2020
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                A:  If you are not used to working with hot wires I would advise you to shut off your breakers first. To put these in you have to remove the screws that hold the receptacle or switch in place and put the spacers onto the screws and then put them back in place. These spacers were a lifesaver when we tiled our kitchen back-splash to bring the plug ins forward even with the tile.

                by|Jan 31, 2023
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                A:  Normally not. After you remove the cover, the switch or outlet mounting screws only need to be loosened 4 or 5 turns in order to have sufficient room to slip the spacers in. Note that the spacers have a slit on one side so that they can be slipped into place on the screw with having to remove the screw entirely. To be clear, the spacer(s) are folded onto each other until you have the desired height (usually a couple of spacers are sufficient) and then you cut /tear at the score. At this point you will clearly see the slit that allows the spacer to be installed around the screw. If you are unsure or feel you need to remove the switch/outlet then by all means turn the breaker off.

                by|Feb 17, 2021
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                  A:  Good idea. I don't advise mounting outlet or switch with power on as you have to load these clips on the mounting screws. Touch the wrong wires and you will get a shock. Better safe than sorry.

                  by|Feb 23, 2020

                  A:  I would recommend that you do. There will be current still running through the outlet if you do not turn off the breaker. These spacers go on the mounting screws which are removed from the electrical contacts, but I would still recommend turning off the electricity first.

                  by|Feb 23, 2020

                    A:  Technically no, as long as you can avoid touching the wires on the outlet or switch...

                    by|Sep 25, 2020

                    A:  ABSOLUTELY. You will need to remove the outlet/switch cover and loosen the screws holding the device in the box and this will bring dangerous electrical contacts well within the reach of your fingers and tools. Turning off the breaker is a very small inconvenience to protect yourself from a dangerous burn and even death. TURN OFF THE BREAKER.

                    by|Feb 22, 2020

                    A:  Hi Js I believe you have your answer from the community! Always turn off the power when servicing electrical devices. Take care Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com

                    by|Feb 24, 2020

                      A:  Anytime a person is handling electrical equipment, the rule of thumb is to always isolate the power source for safety reasons

                      by|Feb 22, 2020

                      A:  To be safe, yes, since these go behind the device where wires are located.

                      by|May 1, 2020

                      A:  If not, your receptacle may short and create sparks if live wire bumps into some metal conductor.

                      by|Apr 16, 2020
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                        Q:Why the odd number in a pack. Not to many outlets that I know of having only one mount.
                        by|Mar 9, 2019
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                        A:  It’s 25 strips of multiple spacers. Some we needed 2 and two we needed 3. It worked out just fine.

                        by|Apr 9, 2021

                          A:  You stack them to get the desired thickness. I often don't use the same number at the top of an outlet as at the bottom (or vice versa) since boxes seem to get installed at all sorts of angles.

                          by|Nov 9, 2020
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                          A:  Each pack has 25 strips of spacers which easily break apart with your fingers. They stick together like legos and you simply use as many as are needed to space the switch/outlet out of the box, so that it is flush with the wall, so the faceplate fits cleanly. It’s a great sensible product. So far I have done 11 switches/outlets and I am not through the first bag yet!

                          by|Apr 9, 2021

                            A:  It's a multiple of eight per strip, so there are actually 200 spacers in each 25-pack. Besides, wouldn't you need an odd number for a 3-way switch? ;-)

                            by|Sep 27, 2021
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                              A:  There are 25 strips, each strip has 8 spacers. They fold to stack or you cut them apart and stack them for the thickness you need. They work great.

                              by|Nov 9, 2020
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                              A:  Hi smoothrider the 25 spacers in the package is just a good quantity to sell. The number of spacers has nothing to do with the number of outlets. Depending on the outlet you may only use part of one of the spacers. They are designed to torn apart and stacked as needed to level a device in a box. Use the well Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com

                              by|Mar 12, 2019

                                A:  sometimes you need one piece at the top or bottom and two on the other.

                                by|Nov 9, 2020
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                                A:  I assume the manufacturer gives you the amount they do because every outlet may require a different amount of spacers to get the outlet at the correct spot . Sometimes the Electrician sets the box further in on one outlet than the next.

                                by|Mar 11, 2019
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                                  Q:Can these be used with self grounding receptacles?
                                  by|Jan 5, 2019
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                                  A:  I would believe so. Even though the spacers are insulated if the mounting screw is making contact with receptical and the box you are mounting to us metal you will be grounded.

                                  by|Jan 6, 2019

                                    A:  Only if receptacle is screwed to metal box. The screws is metal and makes contact between receptacle and metal box. I dont know how these receptacle work with plastic boxes. The spacer is between them

                                    by|Jan 9, 2019

                                    A:  If the boxes are metal.

                                    by|Jan 6, 2019

                                      A:  Bryan you might want to ask the wiring device manufacturer or an electrician the question. It may or may not be an issue but I am not sure. Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com

                                      by|Jan 8, 2019

                                        A:  Yes, they can.

                                        by|Mar 11, 2019
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                                          Son-in-law was quite pleased with these new type of spacers...
                                          Son-in-law was quite pleased with these new type of spacers lot easier to work with , I’d replaced all the light switches and wall plates with gray
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                                          There sure are times that these are needed. After drywall and some new and existing outlets neede...
                                          There sure are times that these are needed. After drywall and some new and existing outlets needed to be wired I used some of these to flush the outlets out so that they would look nice and neat and be sturdy and secure. I have used these for quite a few years, and I really like them. Better then some that use some wood shim stock to flush the outlets. I always keep some on hand. When the outlets and switches are nice and flush the job looks better and more professional.
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                                          I purchased a cabin that had several outlets that were installed too deeply into the finished wal...
                                          I purchased a cabin that had several outlets that were installed too deeply into the finished wall to apply switch and outlet covers. We were able to use these spacers to force them forward slightly - inexpensive and practical solution without having to tear out the outlets.
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                                          These spacers were a must-have for our kitchen backsplash project! I did the whole kitchen (6 out...
                                          These spacers were a must-have for our kitchen backsplash project! I did the whole kitchen (6 outlet plates and 3 double switch plates) for less than $8.00 with tax and still had about a third left over.
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                                          Response from Ron KipperApr 11, 2017
                                          Hey thanks for the review these little spacers are a great way of getting the wiring device level with the new tiled wall. Take care Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com
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                                            I hear you! Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com
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