Covered Components Instructions

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Covered Components outlets install in virtually the same manner as old-fashion outlets and covers. Therefore you should not expect any more time or effort than standard installation. But there are some nuances, so you might want to read all instructions first. Painters in particular should be aware of the recommended procedures.

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New Construction Installation

The Box is installed in the same manner as are standard electrical outlet boxes but is designed for screw rather than nail mounting. When securing the box to the stud, drive screws straight into the stud or in the direction up or down and away from the box. This should prevent the box from bowing inward, which could interfere with cover installation.  One screw for each of top and bottom mounting tab is probably sufficient. Preferably, use top screw hole in mounting tab.

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Important: Mount Boxes Square! Place stud guides securely against the stud. This will affect the tightness of the fit between flange and drywall. This is no different than standard box installations, but it needs to be right.

  • Too deep – flange /cover may not operate properly.
  • Too forward –box walls may protrude beyond the plane of the drywall, creating a gap between flange and drywall when the Flange/Cover is installed.
  • If the box were to be installed too deep, the receptacle can be built-out using spacers up to ¼” max.

Retrofit Installation (Old Work Box)

Old Work Box w Wire into Drywall

The retrofit box (Old Work Box) omits the mounting tabs, and therefore can be installed through the drywall. When cutting drywall, allow for box to insert into hole with ease—not rubbing on dry wall/backsplash so not to bow box. Install so front of box is flush with drywall. Be mindful of drywall cut area covered by flange (3/8″ top/bottom   1/2″ W each side) to . If the box were to be installed too deep, the receptacle can be built out using spacers up to ¼” max.

Securement of Retrofit Box

Securement can be performed by screwing from inside the box (in the hinge compartment opposite the receptacle compartment) through the box and into the stud. Ensure that screw head does not interfere when Flange/Cover is inserted. Screw in upper and lower corners to reduce box movement. Electrical code does not permit securement screws to penetrate electrical boxes where receptacles reside.

The separate Retrofit Bracket (coming soon) allows installation in locations where a stud is not located. Install bracket on box as shown above.

Backsplash Mounting

The thickness of the material, stone, tile or other, plus glue, thinset mortar, or other securing bed, must be measured and the boxes must be mounted forward of the box stud guides by this measurement. This will allow the front of box to be flush with the backsplash and the flange to secure against the backsplash when subsequently installed.



The depth of the box approximates that of standard 20 cubic inch boxes, leaving approximately ½ inch between the back of the box and opposing wall, allowing the installation of ½ inch foam sheathing, foil faced.

Receptacle Installation in Box

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The box is designed to accept any standard or GFI receptacle.

When wiring receptacle, ensure receptacle is centered vertically and horizontally in order for the flange to easily seat over the receptacle.

The stabilizing ears of standard receptacles infrequently interfere with insertion of the flange/cover into the box. In such event, we recommend that the electrician or painter bend down or break off the stabilizing ears on the side of the receptacles located to the inside of the box (the hinge side per the above picture). The stabilizing ears on the side of the receptacle adjacent to the outside box wall should not be adjusted.

Connection of Cover to Flange

Working from the back side of the flange, place leading edge of cover through flange. Slightly pinch arms of cover and insert male end of cover into receptors on flange hinge. Close cover.

Installation of Flange & Cover to Box

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After installing Cover to Flange, close cover before installing the combined part into the Box (above image omits the cover for illustrative purposes). The Flange/Cover is installed by sliding it down and across the box. The arms (hinge) of the flange are to slide under the stabilizing ears of the electrical receptacle. If the stabilizing ears interfere, they may need to be bent under the receptacle or removed as they are scored to do.  See previous section on Receptacle Installation in Box.

If installing GFI receptacles, the GFI Flange must be utilized per above picture. (GFI receptacles work with all Boxes and Covers)


The Flange/Cover can be painted prior to installation or after it has been installed in the Box and over the drywall. It can be brushed, rolled or sprayed while simultaneously painting the surrounding wall.  Immediately after painting, the cover should be opened partially for drying (not rotated fully into the box) and the pressure point used to open cover should be touched up .  Important: ensure that no paint pools on the inside edge of the cover or on the frame of the flange, as this could affect opening and closing.  Wipe clean if paint has pooled in these areas.  Do not allow paint to start drying before checking each outlet.

If you prefer for inside of the Flange to match the wall color, we recommend painting Flange before Cover is attached to Flange. Again, ensure that no paint pools in the Flange frame or under the Cover where intersecting with Flange.