You come back to trim out a house, and you discover the drywall guys have mudded in half your boxes — now you have to spend extra time digging out joint compound when you could be doing your job. If you’d used SmartGuard protective plates over your boxes you wouldn’t be having this problem.
Cooper Crouse-Hinds’ SmartGuard clear cover plates protect residential and commercial electrical boxes from sheetrock mud, dust, and paint. The high-impact PVS plates can also serve as router guides when the drywallers cut holes in place.
SmartGuards will be available to cover single through five-gang sizes, ceiling boxes, 6″ lighting cans, and 14″ or 24″-wide breaker boxes. They’ve also introduced a similar product called MetalGuard which is made of metal instead of plastic, so it’s more durable and can be reused.
We haven’t found these covers for sale anywhere yet, so we’re not sure how they’ll be priced.
SmartGuard [Capital Lighting and Supply]