I'm trying to replace a ceiling fixture. The old box is black metal,
shallow, appears to be intended for bx cable, and I can't figure out
how the heck to get the darn thing out in order to put an old work box
in there. I can't just reuse this box because the center pole juts out
too far below the ceiling level. The box itself is plastered in, and
seems to be held on by the metal brace that runs through it, not above
it. Likewise, the center pole seems to be held on via this thin metal
brace, which extends from either side of the box into the plaster and
woodwork. Can anyone offer suggestions on how to get this thing out
without having to completely rip/cut it out and replaster the entire
thing? Thanks for any suggestions.
Take a screwdriver and carefully remove the plaster where the brace
meets the edges of the box. You should find a 8-32 machine screw on
each side of the box that holds the brace to the box. Once the screws
are removed, carefully chip away enough plaster to remove the brace.
I think I've seen some turn of the century black, round,(not octagonal) bar
boxes with an integral bar running through them. If that's what you have, I
think you'll need a sawzall. Slip it into the ceiling between the box and
plaster and cut the bar right off. Also, be sure the "center pole" is not an
old gas pipe
On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 07:11:27 -0500, "RBM" <rbm2(remove
Thats what I was thinking, GAS PIPE, and some of them are still live.
I ran into that several times when I was doing handyman work, and once
I opened one to find it was still live. I talked it over with the
homeowners and disconnected the gas lines going to the ceiling
fixtures. (a good thing to do).
An easy solution for you would be to just buy one of those "Wiremold"
rings that go over a ceiling fixture. It will lower the fixture an
inch and solve your problem with little work at a cost of about $5 to
$8. Most likely the fixture will cover it and you wont even notice.
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