I'm putting in a load of chrome sockets, light switches, etc in my house,
most are going to be flush fitted, but there are some that I can't flush fit
so they'll have to be surface mounted. I'm looking for some good quality
surface mounted metal clad boxes, but I can only seem to find boxes that
includes sockets, I only want the boxes, any ideas?
"Kerry Hoskin" wrote
| I'm putting in a load of chrome sockets, light switches, etc in my
| house, most are going to be flush fitted, but there are some that
| I can't flush fit so they'll have to be surface mounted. I'm
| looking for some good quality surface mounted metal clad boxes,
| but I can only seem to find boxes that includes sockets, I only
| want the boxes, any ideas?
You will be very unlikely to get chromed surface boxes. Metalclad sockets
come with boxes because the box and socket outlines have to match and they
are manufacturer-specific. However the standard boxes supplied have
knockouts for conduit entry, and in schools and other locations where there
is a risk of vandalism these are not allowed, and at least one manufacturer
supplies separate boxes that do not have any conduit knockouts. These would
be intended for use with that manufacturer's sockets and would have to be
drilled and grommetted for entry. They are listed as 23-1596 at 1.70 for
single and 23-1598 at 2.25 for double, on page 255 of Rapid Electronics
catalogue and are for use with Click metalclad accessories.
Have you tried an electrical factors ? IIRC people like MK listed the
backing boxes from their metal surface mounted range as items in their own
right - but this was a few years ago and the MK range has been totally
revised since then.
Surface mount metal clad sockets are of a different design to flush ones -
they have 'rounded off' corners, and are slightly smaller. So are usually
sold as a box and socket combination. If you wish to surface mount flush
sockets to match others, I think your only option is a plastic box. You
can get 'adaptable' boxes of 75 x 150mm, but I don't think they're an
exact fit and in any case don't have the mounting lugs.
You might find one of the specialist accessory makers like Walsall
Conduits do surface mounted chrome finish accessories, but these are
likely to be order only from a wholesaler and much more expensive than the
more popular ranges.
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