So you’ve finished your back splash and it’s beautiful! But there’s still a problem. All your plugs and switches are now recessed by 3/8 to 1/2 inch. So you run down to the store and buy these stupid little spacers, right? WRONG! Don’t even think about it. A bag of these spacers cost’s $5-6 and might be good for 4 switches. You’ll need at least two bags for all those extra switches you’ve just installed. Also, the kind I tried were a little too soft and they compressed as I tightened the screws making it almost impossible to get the right spacing.
Here’s the solution I found. It’s cheap. It’s effective, and super accurate.
So you still run down to the store, but instead of spacers you buy a 30” gray plastic faucet connector. ($1.50) The spacers made from this can be any length you want. It’s just about the right diameter and hard enough so it doesn’t compress. Hopefully you already have a PVC cutter. Also, get a bunch of 1 1/2” 6×32 screws. With the extra length you’ll need longer screws. No sense messing around when the fix costs 89 cents.
Here’s a series of photos that will tell the rest: