I've always wondered how people retrofit/replace the old pancake light boxes
that are about 3" in there is barely room in them for a single wire nut but
are sometimes a pain to remove/replace due to lath in the ceiling, plaster
issues, sometimes the box is just flat up against the joist or slightly
embedded in the joist, etc. Basically I always end up wishing I didn't have
to replace them. Is there any method that people have had any luck with?
If you don't care what it looks like, you can add an extension box
to get yourself more room, but if you didn't care what it looked like,
you could just rip out the box, couldn't you?
Using wingless wire-nuts would help a little, if you're not already,
and using the smallest nut that's legal for the job. Long term,
you'll just have to get comfortable working with plaster and lathe.
Sometimes, it's easier to do the work than to avoid it.
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