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Taking plaster off around the inside of electrical socket


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I’ve just had some plastering done.  Sockets loosened. Plaster is sitting into the back box so looks a mess and the sockets won’t go back. My electrician takes the plaster off to sit neatly against the metal back box. Don’t want to call him out for this as it’s a two minute job and I would have to wait ages. Need to crack on with decorating.  
 

what tool/technique do i use please. 

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Andersen

Any photos ? I'm not sure what the problem is that you're trying to fix.

Big lumps that are behind the loosened socket faceplate? Use a chisel or screwdriver at 45 degrees so it points "into" the box in the wall, put the tip of the screwdriver on the big lump you want to remove, gently hit the end of the screwdriver to break the lump off. Remove any fallen bits from the bottom of the box when you're done. When the front faceplate goes back it will hide some plaster - make sure you only remove from areas that will be hidden. Makes sense?

Crap plastering that isn't flat so the socket faceplate won't go back on the wall? Use a wallpaper scraper or similar to gently scrape the high bits off the lumpy plaster.

It's safest to turn the electrics off first but is ok to do when it's still on, just be very carful no to touch any metal bits behind the socket !

Wilcos sell "superfine" filler, ideal to fill any small holes that are visible when the sockets are back in place.

Kudos for going DIY, and find a better plasterer next time :S

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Chewing Grass
49 minutes ago, One percent said:

This is what i mean

 

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Man up woman, fingers and kitchen / stanleys knife if you want a neater edge.

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Old chisel and hammer - scratch line where the pattress lip is - may have to estimate that a bit, then gently go round the outline tapping off the excess. If no chisel anything with a 1 inch ish edge to use with tap with the hammer.

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Andersen

chisel or flat bladed screwdriver, hold at an angle so the tip points at the cross-pointed screw at the middle of the box at the back (so you don't damage the "good" plaster you want to keep), hit gently with a small hammer r your hand.

Not a padsaw, too slow and will clog up v quick.

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nirvana
44 minutes ago, One percent said:

what tool/technique do i use please.

prise it out with a screwdriver? gently does it, don't want you chipping a fingernail :Poh yeah don't touch any metals parts with it lol

learn how to isolate your sockets at your fuse box

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One percent
1 hour ago, Andersen said:

Any photos ? I'm not sure what the problem is that you're trying to fix.

Big lumps that are behind the loosened socket faceplate? Use a chisel or screwdriver at 45 degrees so it points "into" the box in the wall, put the tip of the screwdriver on the big lump you want to remove, gently hit the end of the screwdriver to break the lump off. Remove any fallen bits from the bottom of the box when you're done. When the front faceplate goes back it will hide some plaster - make sure you only remove from areas that will be hidden. Makes sense?

Crap plastering that isn't flat so the socket faceplate won't go back on the wall? Use a wallpaper scraper or similar to gently scrape the high bits off the lumpy plaster.

It's safest to turn the electrics off first but is ok to do when it's still on, just be very carful no to touch any metal bits behind the socket !

Wilcos sell "superfine" filler, ideal to fill any small holes that are visible when the sockets are back in place.

Kudos for going DIY, and find a better plasterer next time :S

This is what i mean

 

B795751B-6924-43FB-B5C8-E68DA2F1B61A.jpeg

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Pad saw I think is the tool designed for this type of job, very cheap from Toolstation et al.  I had to cut a hole in my ceiling and used one.

That said, I'd be tempted to get stuck in with whatever I had to hand.

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SpectrumFX

I don't know the proper way to do it, but If you're tempted to knock it off, then I'd suggest that you score lines into the plaster with a knife where you want it to break first.

I once accidentally took half the plaster off a bedroom wall when I was trying to remove the skirting board, and the guy who came to replaster for me suggested that things would have gone much better for me had I scored the wall above the skirting first.

xD

 

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Libspero
On 14/07/2021 at 20:53, SpectrumFX said:

I once accidentally took half the plaster off a bedroom wall when I was trying to remove the skirting board, and the guy who came to replaster for me suggested that things would have gone much better for me had I scored the wall above the skirting first

Next time get yourself a bag of this..  a trowel and a sanding block.  Great for patch repair and if you don’t get a perfect finish it just sands easily back as to be invisible:

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Dremel for least likelihood of a bollocksed up mess.

In the absence of that score heavily then press wide chisel firmly in score and nibble away directly above/below with pliers.

Avoid hammers unless you’re doing it all the time for a living.

In the hands of amateurs nine out of ten of all hammer blows are immediately followed by the word fuck.

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