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Carbon Fiber AC Outlet Wall Plate

While not at the same level of a SOTA Oyaide WPC-Z aluminum wall bracket with carbon fiber faceplate system, this carbon fiber AC outlet wall plate product is priced at the level of a cheap tweak, and provides superior sonic performance vs. a similar solid aluminum product in my experience, and any other hardware store sourced AC outlet wall plate can provide. It's an oversized AC outlet wall plate that has a number of potential DIY design configurations, and since it fully covers an AC outlet and wall box, it's a safe option to consider without caveat.

Among the possible mounting options, and if the wall box wiring is long enough to pull-out several inches if not a foot or so, the face of an AC outlet can be adhered with silicone adhesive to the back of the large carbon fiber wall plate, then the carbon fiber wall plate can be mounted to the wall box via the two inner screw holes. As a further mounting option, the carbon fiber wall plate can be additionally secured to the surrounding drywall with short course threaded drywall screws via the two outer (top and bottom) screw holes. This should provide a notably rigid interface, and could be made even more secure with the use of threaded inserts if the drywall holes become stripped by over-torquing the screws.

An easier option, and the one that I will choose for a second system, since the wiring of the AC outlet wall box cannot be pulled far enough out from the wall to mount the AC outlet to the back of the carbon fiber wall plate, is to mount the AC outlet to the wall box as per usual, then position the carbon fiber wall plate over the AC outlet, drill a pilot hole through the top hole into the drywall and secure it with a short course threaded drywall screw, then do the same via the bottom screw hole. Since the carbon fiber AC outlet wall plate is not a load bearing device, two simple drywall screws are more than adequate for the task. A very straightforward method that provides excellent dissipation of magnetic fields generated by the termination of the wiring, and a level of vibration control as another sonic benefit.

Note: Depending on how deep the wall box is mounted to the wall, a thin nylon washer may be needed to adhere behind the outer holes of the carbon fiber wall plate for the drywall screws, since in my case the face of the AC outlet protrudes a bit further out rather than perfectly flush with the surface of the wall.

Best price found is $26.99 with free shipping, which I consider equal to a cost of $20 plus $6.99 shipping charge, making it a cheap tweak in essence.

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Topic - Carbon Fiber AC Outlet Wall Plate - Duster 17:12:27 04/20/17 (18)


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