I like to mount an outdoor outlet box to a cement stucco wall. I tried
to punch through the breakout tabs at the back of the box but it is
not coming off. I am suspecting if it is even really a breakout tab.
Please help.... thanks
Please see photos of the outlet box....
On Apr 13, 9:10 am, email@example.com wrote:
There are only 2 tabs in the plastic bag. If I am mounting the box
vertically, do i install the tabs diagonally, that is, one at the top
left and the other at the bottom right of the box? Would it be strong
enough to hold the box securely on the wall?
Two diagonally should do the trick. You could also put a big dab of
construction adhesive on the back side to stick it to the wall to back
up the screws/tabs, I would think. Going to be hard to get off in the
Two screws on a diagonal should work fine as long as they are long
enough to find something to bite into behind the stucco.
I'm not sure why you need the tabs. I would drill holes in the back of
the box and run my screws through them. Use washers if you want a
little more support around the heads.
Construction adhesive might help, but it's only going to be as strong
as the stucco's adhesion to the wall since that's what you'll be
gluing it to.
No matter using tabs or drill through the back, I am thinking of using
plastic anchors in the stucco. Would that work?
The cement stucco is about 1/2" thick, and the plywood behind it is
another 1/2" thick...
Why not just use screws that are long enough to grab the plywood?
I've never dealt with "cement stucco" so I don't know how well a
plastic anchor would work in it.
I'd be concerned that the use of the receptacle would loosen the
anchors fairly quickly.
Is the interior of the space accessible? *Bolting* it through the
plywood would be about as secure as you're going to get.
Of course, mounting it where you could screw into a stud or rim joist
would work pretty darn good also.
On Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:46:30 -0700 (PDT), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Use two toggle bolts. Drill 1/8" holes in the back of the box and
larger holes into stucco and through the plywood. Mount the box and
tighten it up. Finish with a bead of caulk around the box to keep
critters and water out.
My pool timer and landscape lighting transformer are mounted with
"plastic anchors" in the stucco.
That may be fine for "fixed objects" but I don't think I'd trust (per
the OP) an "outdoor outlet box" mounted with plastic anchors in
I have lot's of different cords that I plug into outdoor receptacles
and some of them take quite a lot of force to engage/disengage. By "a
lot" I mean more than I would want to subject plastic anchors in 1/2"
As others have pointed out, that's a weak way to attach anything to
stucco. After all, it's at best about 1/2" thick. Just use screws long
enough to bite into the wall sheathing (plywood or 3/4" boards).
The fashion in killing has an insouciant, flirty style this spring,
with the flaunting of well-defined muscle, wrapped in flags.
*It is flimsy. One big condo/townhouse development that I do work in has
that under the vinyl siding. It is only 3/8" or 1/2" thick and has a foil
backing and no other underlayment behind it. When I do an outdoor
receptacle I have to be sure that I am next to or over a stud so that I have
something solid to screw into.
Stucco here is typically thicker than 1/2". I cut a plastic anchor to
fit the depth of stucco and use a screw long enough to go through the
sheathing. The plastic anchor also seals the hole. I would seal the top
and usually the sides between the box and stucco with silicone caulk and
drill a small drain hole in the bottom of the box. Nice to point wire
nuts (if any) up so they don't fill with water. If using a waterproof
receptacle cover I like the box horizontal because the cover is stronger.
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