Installing the 3rd GE Z-Wave switch into a 4-way electrical box has finally done it. What a PITA!!!! With these new fancy switches we are all installing, we need at least another inch (if not more) of depth to the electrical boxes. It's even a PITA in a single box to get get all of the wiring pushed back to accommodate the Z-Wave switch. UGH!!!!!!!!
I understand that they need to be designed to fit within the width of a wall stud but it would be nice to have deeper ones when that's not an issue.
You should try an older mobile home. Most walls are 1 3/4 thick which demands very shallow boxes. Almost all of my devices are plug in. I have 1 z-wave wall switch on an interior wall that I had to cut out the original box and install a standard box. Only wall in the whole mobile home thick enough to accommodate this.
The newer GE switches are "supposed" to be smaller. No experience with them. My Insteon switches are much smaller than ANY Z-Wave switch and the same for Lutron switches they are tiny in comparison to Z-Wave switches
You think you have it bad? Wait to you get to Europe. We have two sizes of boxes. 1. 68mm diameter x 35mm or 50mm depth. So if you're lucky you have 50mm of depth. If you're not lucky you can forget it because you can hardly fit the wiring in 35mm. Is the wiring in the US one solid core copper wire? Or is it multi-core (flexible)?
PS. Shouldn't the category for this post be the lounge? Not HSM?
Where are you from? The only time you really see a 47mm deep box is for cookers and shower outlets. 35mm is also rare it's all I install now unless I can get a 47 in. But "most" UK homes are installed with 25mm or even 16mm if your really unlucky.
And metal boxes make perfect radio wave blockers. At least in the US we have plastic boxes available. I have rewired most of my home and have replaced metal boxes with plastic and deep ones where I could. I always made sure the switches had screw terminals rather than attached wires. The attached wires and wire nuts take up a ton of room in any box.
I found using the push in wire connectors helped a lot when getting things back in the box. Because they are flatter than the twist on they fit easier behind the box without worrying about the connections becoming loose. One I started using them it wasn’t as bad.
There are also tools to help you push the wires back in as well and get them flat on the back of the box. It just makes the job that much easier.
I feel your pain. Thankfully Caseta's helped in most scenarios...a beveled faceplate helped with one "not so shallow" boxes...some have Hue bulbs....the rest just have standard switches. Really wish I could have put Caseta everywhere.
Weird that a PM isn't possible. Just checked, but it is enabled.
Anyway, you did what I probably would do. I postpone going on holidays to Canada. I'm afraid i'll never go back
My parents go every year and I also have some family living in Ottawa. But I have never been there as of yet.