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Caterpilar Spacers Shims (5-Pack)

$4.38
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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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About This Product

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.

Highlights

  • 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
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Internet # 202937113

Model # 772453

Store SKU # 639173

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Specifications

Dimensions: H 4.0 in, W 0.75 in, D 0.19 in

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.)

0.19 in

Product Height (in.)

4.0 in

Product Width (in.)

0.75 in

Details

Compatible hand tool

Other

Hand Tool Type

Clips

Pack Size

5

Returnable

90-Day

Tools Product Type

Hand Tool

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty

Warranted against material and workmanship only

Questions & Answers

16Questions
caret
Q:Do you put a space on both screws or just one?
by|Nov 17, 2023
2 Answers
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A:  Hello yes I would use them on both screws of the device. Good luck Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com

by|Nov 17, 2023

    A:  Once you hit 1/4 , look at electrical box extensions. Come in various sizes starting at 1/4 . Better option to keep the electrical box sealed up as intended to meet code.

    by|Dec 7, 2023
      caret
      Q:What?s the max you can safely use? I might need 4-5 spacers for one of my outlets, is that too many?
      by|Jun 18, 2023
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      A:  Hello we don't state a min or max for the spacers I would say up to about 1/2 inch anything more than that you probably should be looking at resetting the electrical boxes. Hope that helps Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com

      by|Jun 20, 2023
        caret
        Q:Does it work with a grounded box/outlet?
        by|Jan 4, 2023
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        A:  Yes it would.

        by|Apr 22, 2023
          1 found this answer helpful

          A:  Yes. They are designed to space out an outlet or other device to be flush with the wall covering.

          by|Apr 22, 2023
            1 found this answer helpful

            A:  Rezz no the spacer would break the bound typically these are used in residential applications hope that helps Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com

            by|Apr 22, 2023
              1 found this answer helpful
              caret
              Q:will these work for a snap on faceplate?
              by|Feb 18, 2022
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              A:  They should since they don't touch the faceplate at all.

              by|Jan 4, 2023
                2 found this answer helpful

                A:  Hi Dave I believe so but not 100% sure Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com

                by|Jun 18, 2022
                  1 found this answer helpful
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                  Customer Reviews

                  4.8 out of 5

                  • 4.8 out of 536 reviews
                  • 99% recommend this product
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                  Best way to secure your outlets and switches
                  Outlet and Switch Spacers for Thick Back-Splashes We needed a way to secure outlet and switches in the thick new marble kitchen back-splash during a kitchen remodel. These IDEAL brand spacers (see 1st photo) were just perfect for the job along with some extra length screws. Each spacer (see 2nd photo) has three slots for passage of the securing screw. This facilitates variation in the access hole cut in the marble, which varied in each of our outlet/switch locations. In fact, in one application, I had to turn the spacer block side ways to make it fit. The 3rd photo shows the depth of the marble back splash and the stacks of spacers needed to shim out the outlet flush with the new back splash front surface. Note that much longer than normal length screws were required. The 4th photo shows detail of the stack of about 9 spacers. Also note I had taped around the outside of the outlet contact points to reduce the chances of touching one of the contact points. I am very happy with the security the spacers brough to the effort, as the outlets and switches are nice and tight in place as they should be. Sorry for the absence of three of the referenced photos, but the format here only allowed one. So, I only posted the most important one here.
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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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                    Good solution to level wall outlets and switches.
                    Works well. Sometimes it's too thick. You have to cut pegs to prevent skew. These spacers are a good solution to level wall outlets and switches.
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                      1 found this review helpful
                      does the job
                      Picked these up becaue an outlet was way recessed in the outlet box. And when i plugged the cord in, the face plate would break. Only used two strips.
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                        Package states that "each spacer is 1/8". However, this is not true. The spacer thickness includi...
                        Package states that "each spacer is 1/8". However, this is not true. The spacer thickness including the pegs appears to be exactly 3/16" and the segment thickness alone appears to be exactly 3/32". This is important to know because for my application one spacer per screw was all that was needed--two devices/4 screws total. However, the pegs created too much thickness so I had to shave off the pegs from each spacer using metal files (see photo) so that both sides were flush to reduce the overall thickness. Each caterpillar strand contains eight spacers. Might I recommend that every other spacer not have molded pegs to provide more thickness options.
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                        Response from Ron KipperNov 25, 2019
                        Hi PointBonita I will pass along your comments to the product folks at IDEAL. Thanks for the input. Ron at ron.kipper@idealindustries.com
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                          2 found this review helpful
                          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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                          These worked out great! Thanks to veteran helper for suggestion I used this product.
                          These worked out great! Thanks to veteran helper for suggestion I used this product.
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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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                            2 found this review helpful
                            easy
                            Works great for balancing the top or bottom of an outlet or switch. It’s very easy to use
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