In an unused area (such as an attic with no stairway access, not used
for storage) I need to make some electrical connections. (Don't worry,
my building inspector is involved!) I will be connecting NM to NM
So I need to decide the best junction boxes to use, plastic vs. metal.
Obviously, I want to do the best job possible, and the small price
difference between plastic and metal is not a factor.
Thanks for your thoughts...
I'm old school, I like metal. They're stronger.
But then I use emt or flex & pull 12 gage stranded THWN/THHN wire.
The nice thing about the plastic boxes is that you can just poke the
Romex in & the boxes have built in clamps.
My two cents worth:
As a DIY homeowner with 1" plaster on gyb-board lath walls, I have
to point out that plastic offers far better options for old work. I
really like the Carlon deep old work boxes. The push-in ports with
the little trap doors that won't let it pull back out or pretty good,
can be difficult if you make a mistake and have to pull it back out.
Someone mentioned the possibility of stripping the threads. Never had
On 19 Mar 2005 18:21:35 -0800, john email@example.com wrote:
Couple reasons why nonmetalic come to mind as a choice.
1. You don't have to ground them.
2. Harder to cut your fingers on.
4. Fewer open seams for dust, dirt, sparks to fall into and out.
Just playing devil's advocate since the current reply vote is metal.
tom @ www.BookmarkAdmin.com
It reminds of the plastic or paper routing in the grocery store.
I like plastic junction boxes because they are -
easier to install
less chance of cutting yourself
no metal waste pieces
easy to clean
john firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 19 Mar 2005:
I actually like the hard plastic (bakelite?) boxes, but they're
difficult to find these days. My second choice is metal.
However, one advantage of plastic that no one has yet mentioned is
that for the same rough box size, the plastic box has more
capacity. That can be a real help in some situations.
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