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    In my "lifetime" I have done a LOT of electrical troubleshooting, many times FOR ELECTRICIANS, so I do not think a simple wall plate is outside my abilities.
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    Who else other than jw?

    Nobody said this was complicated, but if I wanted to just "forget about it", I wouldn't have created a thread...

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    Apparently you are not willing to toss the round head screws/bolts. Are you afraid of offending them, or maybe they have compromising pictures of you and are using them for blackmailing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlarrivee View Post
    Who else other than jw?

    Nobody said this was complicated, but if I wanted to just "forget about it", I wouldn't have created a thread...
    You asked in your first post if you were being too fussy. Lots of people seem to think that you are, or close to it.

    Your last photo looking down at the three items indicate that the switches protrude further from their straps than does the timer. I don't know what you expect.

    Try this, although it is certainly out of code: mount the timer directly to the face plate without mounting it to the box. Mount the face plate to the two switches. See if you like the results better? Find a way to ground the strap of the timer.

    And I agree with hj. One need not be a master electrician to work out that a face plate is as good as it is going to get.

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    Not trying to offend you, "homeowner", your username just doesn't instill confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    In my "lifetime" I have done a LOT of electrical troubleshooting, many times FOR ELECTRICIANS, so I do not think a simple wall plate is outside my abilities.
    OK HJ, I'll give ya that. now its 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlarrivee View Post
    Who else other than jw?

    Nobody said this was complicated, but if I wanted to just "forget about it", I wouldn't have created a thread...
    Moi, but not residential. Industrial controls electrical and electronic controls. Lots of residential electricians, here at leas,t are very qualified to change a light bulb. nah, I take that back.
    I am definitely not a pro plumber, but I am a pro crastinator

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlarrivee View Post
    Who else other than jw?

    Nobody said this was complicated, but if I wanted to just "forget about it", I wouldn't have created a thread...
    and it is your priviledge to do that. But you did ask if you were too fussy and if it common as your actual question.
    I am definitely not a pro plumber, but I am a pro crastinator

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlarrivee View Post
    Not trying to offend you, "homeowner", your username just doesn't instill confidence.
    You find people who own homes unreliable?

    Sport. I can be as finicky as anyone. Especially with switches. They are near eye level.

    I'm pretty sure that your two switches' bezels protrude past the strap more than the timer's does.

    Possibly you should asses the reason and logic of a response to assess its utility, rather than worrying about the user name chosen.

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    I would slap that plate on, line the screws up and move on.


    Now that makes 5!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbfan74 View Post
    I would slap that plate on, line the screws up and move on.


    Now that makes 5!
    Some folks take more pride in their work than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlarrivee View Post
    Some folks take more pride in their work than others.
    Yes, for sure, but not to the point of sounding like Mr. Monk from the TV series
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    quote; They are near eye level.

    If that is true, then you must be one of the "little people", or your kids must need ladders to turn the lights on and off.
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