For new construction are there any major downsides to plastic boxes?
I've never used em before but they seem easier and a little cheaper
but what are the down sides?
Also when did they start to take over from metal?
I find it harder to get the mounting screws started, when fastening a switch
or receptacle into the box. The mounting holes in metal boxes are already
tapped for machine screw threads, but in plastic boxes the screws cut their
It's also a *lot* harder to secure Romex cable in those silly-a$$ "clamps" at
the back of most plastic boxes, than to use Romex connectors, or the built-in
real clamps that metal boxes have.
About the same time that people began to prefer low cost over high quality.
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