New boxes, wires, outlets and drywall. How do I keep the drywallers from rotozipping through the wires in the boxes? I've already had to deal with that before.

We gutted our house after the great flood and I'm now replacing EVERY outlet and half the wiring. Water damage, 70s house, bad previous workmanship, updated code, etc. I have an electrician through my contractor that will supervise/check my work and install a new panel. I'll ask him the same question when he gets here, but wanted other opinions. I'll be doing the "grunt" work of running wires, replacing fixtures, boxes, outlets, and such.

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    When building a new house it's normal to run the wiring before plastering/drywalling leaving plenty of excess wire, then cut back to the sockets afterwards. Given that you're replacing the drywall can't you adopt a similar approach here? Remove the old drywall, run the new wiring, put up the new drywall/plaster then finally fit the new sockets. – ChrisF Dec 4 '16 at 18:11
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    I guess you prevent it by hiring competent drywallers. – DA01 Dec 4 '16 at 19:26
  • The problem with experienced drywallers now is there's so many jobs that they're rushing to get it done. 60k homes just in my parish. And just because they are highly recommended and rated doesn't mean they didn't just hire some goofball because there's so many jobs to do and need the help. – kyle Dec 4 '16 at 21:16
  • ChrisF, that's what I did last time. I pulled the excess through and cut off the bad part. – kyle Dec 4 '16 at 21:17
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    In our area, the liscensed electrcians are the ones who make sure their wires are neat and propely set back in box to prevent damage to their wires; not the non-liscensed lower paid drywaller who was hired to install drywall and not hired to fix our electricians wires. – Damon Dec 11 '16 at 10:13

The way you insure that wires are left in good order when they are done, is that you do not pay the drywallers in full. If you hold off on paying them in full and wires need to repaired, the amount of the repairs will come off the amount owed to the drywallers.

  • Competently hire competent drywallers. Plus one. – Mazura Dec 5 '16 at 3:08

I would suggest a piece of plywood the size of the opening and placing it in the box before drywall goes on.

  • There is a commercially available shield that fits in the box, protects the wires, and has a projection that marks the drywall sheets when they are pressed against it – Jim Stewart Dec 4 '16 at 23:03
  • Here is one such product youtube.com/watch?v=PEWkAIWXaqA. – Jim Stewart Dec 4 '16 at 23:12
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    Also, that will keep them from painting all your wires white and turning them all into neutrals. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Dec 4 '16 at 23:51
  • In some of these videos the box is recessed from the room side of the drywall. Is that now considered acceptable practice? I thought that the box was supposed to be flush with the room surface of the drywall. – Jim Stewart Dec 5 '16 at 0:16
  • Not absolutely flush necessarily, but definitely not recessed so far that framing is exposed. – Craig Dec 5 '16 at 3:54

If you tuck the wires tightly to the back of the box, and hire experienced drywallers, chances are you won't have a problem.

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