I relocated an outlet to a location where I just could not manage to
nail it to the stud. I attached it using Liquid Nails. Is this method
The builder had attached the box with 2 small screws (with metal
screwheads exposed inside the box)...any comments on this method?
My guess is "I didn't know"!
I'll have to rummage around HD and see all the options they have.
Thanks for cluing me.
In the meantime, is what I did "okay" or should I swap it out with a
differently mounting box?
Absolutely. I'm quite sure I could not get the box off without getting
into the joint with a prying tool and busting the plastic box apart.
But I don't really know what Liquid Nails is like after 30 years and I
don't know if such an attachment is "legal".
Not Code-compliant, at any rate.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
There are "old work" boxes with flanges that spread to either side,
which won't work in a hole that's right next to a stud or other
obstruction. There are others that have little ears that rotate outward
at the top and bottom, which require a little clear space above and
below but not to the sides.
Having screws inside the box isn't a real problem, imho. I hang handy
boxes and I use screws to mount them.
Pluse when you hang metal boxes, the recetacle is 'surrounded' by
metal. Just remember to turn in all you unused terminal screws for
Why are metal screws any more or less dangerous than metal nails?
At least with the metal boxes we have in our house, I have seen that
some are attached with roofing-like nails (large head) and others
with drywall screws. I would have thought that grounding protected the boxes.
Are you referring to plastic boxes when you say that internal screws
are not allowed?
Screws into the structure is what I would have done. Adhesive is definitely
a no-no, besides it is flammable. The ground wires are exposed in the box as
A craftsman would train the wires so that there are no exposed conductors or
grounded surfaces in contact with the current carrying wires. Some might
even use electrical tape to cover up the screws on the sides as additional
I think these can be secured right on the edge, rather than going
through the side with screws.
I've heard if you disassemble them, mount the base first, then screw
in the box is easier in tight areas.
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