About 5 years ago, I had the outside of my house painted, and the a**hole
painter removed one of my spotlight box covers. It was a 3X5 cover with 3
spotlamp recepticals in it. The box is mounted to the house with the long side
horizontal. I am having vinyl siding installed soon, and the salesman said that
I should get a cover and spotlamps, and the guys installing the siding would
install the cover back on the box. I would do it myself, but it is about 25 feet
up on the side of the house. I don't do well on ladders that high.
Here's the problem. All the box covers I find have 3 threaded holes
arranged horizontally if the box is vertical. My box is mounted horizontally, so
I need the 3 holes arranged the opposite way---the long way. I can't find a
cover like that--locally or on the internet. Does any company make a box cover
like that---with the 3 holes arranged the long way ???
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On Mon, 01 Oct 2007 00:32:52 GMT, email@example.com (Ron in
Just remove the 2 screws that hold the box to the house and rotate it
1/4 turn. Replace the screws and you are in business. The screws are
on the OUTSIDE of the box if its a common outdoor box. so you dont
even need to touch the wiring, assuming the power comes in from the
rear of the box (thru the wall).
You could also drill two new screw holes in the cover, and plug the
existing ones with silicone sealer, or JB Weld, or epoxy.
I would not allow siding guys to do electrical work on my house regardless
of what the salesman said. I have seen too many butchered wiring jobs after
they finish and leave. Hire an electrician to do something to make it look
good such as what RBM suggested with a siding box. It may also be possible
to mount a box flush with the siding.
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