I was in the process of mounting the boxes for sconce lights and I noticed
that the boxes are rather imprecise and difficult to mount. I'm reasonably
sure I didn't have cheap boxes and when I looked around I only found them in
this style, or some facimile thereof.
That's a good estimate of what I figured would work. NOPE, the nails are
difficult to drive in because they go in at an angle, the box is tough to
position properly because there is no markings on it, and it doesn't even
lay flat against the stud.
Are there better choices for mounting sconces? I would prefer non-metallic,
as then it would have to be grounded as well. Small job, but it adds to the
Seemed to me that the "mounting plate" (actually a steel strip about 3/4"
wide) had holes or slots to mount on the J-box. The mounting arrangements
for light fixtures are pretty flexible. There are TWO common sizes of
round boxes, for example. If you already have the fixture in hand you can
quickly check whether a J-box screw spacing is OK. If you don't have a
J-box lying about, just take the cover plate off anyout and measure the
I like steel boxes, and would use a 4" octagon with a TS bracket, but
The regular Carlon boxes can certainly be used, but perhaps a more
plastic box like the Carlon Super Blue would deform less and hold its
I have used the device boxes in this line. They are very nice (for
I'm just a material bigot, it seems.
To help your box position properly, try cutting a small square of your
drywall, then holding
it against the stud, and holding the box flush with that.
Tap both nails in a bit before driving either one all the way home.
I assume that this is all new work.
Well I went with the wall brace style. They seem to hold fine and having
two locations to mount helps me keep it level.
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