Stupid question, easy answer I am sure...
I am mounting some switchboxes in a router cabinet. Since they will be
mounted to .5 and .75" plywood , what do I use to mount them. I have tried
#6 screws but that stick out too much. I have tried brads but the heads are
too small to cover the mounting holes on the switch box. HELP!
That's because the screws you're using are too long. Are you not aware that #6
screws come in different lengths?
#6 seems a bit light for the job, anyway; I'd use #8.
Go to a hardware store and get yourself some #8 x 1/2 and #8 x 3/4 pan head
sheet metal screws. Use these on the 1/2 and 3/4 plywood respectively.
I'm not exactly sure what kind of boxes you are using or how exactly you are
mounting them. I'm guessing that you are cutting holes in the plywood the
approximate size of the switchbox. You are then inserting the switchboxes
into the cutouts. If the boxes have ears you would screw a number six wood
screw or sheetmetal screw into each hole on the ears to secure the box.
Now you are experiencing problems with the mounting of the receptacle
because of the screw heads. Is this the problem? If so, the solution is
simple. Remove the ears on the receptacle. It is a general rule of thumb
for electricians that whenever the ears on a box are used, the ears on the
receptacle are removed. If you look closely at the ears on the receptacle
they are scored for easy snap off with a few bends using pliers. This
allows the receptacle to be set back further and prevents the finish
wallplate from protruding.
In answer to your second problem: Use a bigger wirenut or wingnut.
Also, portable cord is not approved to be used as permanent wiring.
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