My husband is the son of an electrician, so I knew swapping out the light switches would be a breeze. (For him, anyway).
What I didn't expect was, that after all the new switches were screwed firmly into their electrical boxes, they didn't line up with the cutouts in my gorgeous new cover plates.
Did we get defective switch plates???
No, turns out...
When your switches don't line up with the cover plate, there's an easy fix:
First, I have to let you in on a little secret: The devices themselves are meant to have some "play" in them, so you can adjust them left to right and up/down to match up perfectly with the cover.
See how the screw hole (highlighted in orange in the image below) is an oval shape? It's bigger than the screw that mounts the switch to the electrical box.
All you have to do is loosen the screw a little bit and push the switch (or outlet) in the direction you need it to go in order for the cover plate to line up.
Once it's in the proper position, just screw it back in tight and you're good to go!
After we made some minor adjustments to this switch shown here (and some others throughout the living room), everything lined up perfectly.
You may need to adjust all of the devices in your electrical box to get a multi-gang plate to line up with each switch.
Side note: My husband didn't think we needed to go to all this effort to replace the electrical devices and covers, but now that they're in, he loves them!
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Always shut off the power to the device(s) before making adjustments to positioning.
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