Are metal boxes used for outlets and switch boxes anymore ?? Since I am
doing the basement, and I have to cut around boxes when I install the
drywall, I know I am going to screw it up by cutting right through the boxes
with a zip tool.
If its worth it to put in metal boxes, I would do it.
Thoughts ?? Thank you.
I use an measuring tape, plastic boxes for my home and an zip tool. I cut
the holes in the wall board before putting them on the wall. Ok I miss a
little but it is easier for me. Finding the boxes after the wall board is up
is harder for me. What happens if you rotorzip slices up the wire? Do you
take the dry wall down and replace it?
Metal vs. plastic boxes has been much discuussed in this NG, so look at the
archives. But heres's how some drywallers deal with box cutouts: the wall board
is precisely positioned and gently pressed into a mounted box with the outside
edge coated with any handy marking material, like wet paint, chalk line powder,
etc. The DW panel is then moved out so the cut out can be made from the back.
The DW panel then slips over the cutout pefectly. Others will use a couple of
screws in the outlet mounting holes of the mounted box with marking stuff on
the screw heads. Then they mark an outline with a spare box on the marked spots
on the back of the panel and presto! another near perect box cutout. Haven't
yet seen any DW lads with zip tools in our area. HTH
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