I'm doing some basic sprucing up in a bathroom and have run into a snag
with the round junction box holding the vanity light fixture to the
wall. The new fixture I bought uses the standard round plate with
slotted holes that mount to the existing junction box cover tapped holes
and two screws that face outward as studs to accept the fixture. The
stud ends are hidden by decorative acorn nuts.
The problem is that the existing round junction box sits nearly 3/8"
behind the sheet rock and is also not even close to being parallel to
the sheet rock. As a result the studs for the new fixture are not long
enough. I assume that this was a mistake in construction and that the
box is normally just below flush with the sheet rock. The box is
shifted 3/8" or so to the left of the cutout in the sheet rock as well,
and it looks like the 'solution' for the builder was to 'bend' the box
bracket backward to get it out of the way of the sheet rock.
I can probably make do with some longer screws, but I was wondering if
there is a more elegant/professional solution. The round plastic
junction box is riveted to a metal bracket which is nailed to a stud
just to the left of the box. I could drill out the rivets and remove
the old box and bracket, but I don't know if there is an easy way to
install a new box.
Any input appreciated,
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