How do you fix a broken screw hole in a plastic electrical box? If you can drill small holes through the sides, then the insert of a nail or brad for the filler to stuff around will really help durability. Show activity on this post. I’d just use a toggle bolt. No need to patch or replace the box if the outer shell is intact.

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Can you screw in a plastic electrical box? It is mechanically possible to install a standard new-work box in an existing wall by: Cutting hole in drywall adjacent to a stud. Placing plastic box in the hole up against the stud. Screwing through the plastic into the stud.


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How do you fix a broken screw hole in a plastic electrical box? – Additional Questions

Do plastic electrical boxes need to be grounded?

Plastic electrical boxes have their pluses and minuses. Because they are plastic, there is no need to attach a ground wire to it. Since it is made of a non-conductive material, switches and outlets cannot short out if they touch the side of the box.

What size screws go in electrical box?

Electrical box screw size for outlets and switches

The most common electrical box screw sizes are 6-32 and 8-32. Be sure to get round head or hex-head screws for inside the box, to prevent arcing. Use oval-head screws to attach cover plates.

Can you screw an electrical box to a stud?

A better solution is to get a box similar to the one below with side screws already included to be mounted to the stud. This is the same size as the old work box but allows you to screw directly into the stud. Thanks JACK. That works too.

Can I use old work box for new work?

Old Work or Remodel Electrical Box

Sometimes called a remodel box or retrofit box, an old work electrical box can be inserted into an opening in the wall covering. The box attaches directly to the covering, not to the studs. It is used when remodeling rather than when constructing new wall systems.

How do I install a new electrical box in an existing wall?

How do I install an old work Junction box?

What is the difference between new work and old work electrical box?

New work boxes, designed to be installed just after the wall is framed but before the surfaces are finished with drywall. They attach to studs. Old work (also called retrofit) boxes, designed to be installed after the walls are finished and are used during remodeling projects. They attach to drywall or plaster.

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How do you remove knockouts from plastic electrical boxes?

How to Remove Electrical Knockouts on a Plastic Enclosure
  1. Place a flat-head screwdriver into the slot of the electrical box knockout that is to be removed.
  2. Hit or tap the end of the screwdriver to remove the knockout and dislodge the rest of the knockout by hand if needed.
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What is the electrical box outside called?

This piece of equipment is known as the electrical panel, breaker box, fuse box, or service panel.

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What do you do with a ground wire in a plastic box?

Plastic boxes cannot be grounded in the same way. But it’s still necessary to bring the equipment-grounding conductor into the enclosure to ground devices such as switches and receptacles. Connect the bare or green wire directly to the green screw on the device.

Are plastic electrical boxes fire rated?

plastic boxes, also on single gang box? If you are discussing fire classification, most of Carlon’s blue nonmetallic outlet boxes, with the exception of old work boxes, are fire classified for two-hour fire rated walls or less.

How do I wire a receptacle from a light outlet but keep it hot when light is off?

In this case, you must change the cable from the switch to the light outlet from a 2-wire to a 3-wire cable. As you can see, connecting a receptacle to the light would see the receptacle only hot when the light switch is on.

Why do outlets get installed upside down?

Electricians may position the outlet in an upside-down position so that you can quickly identify the switch-controlled receptacle. Since it stands out visually to most people right away – it provides convenience to the occupants to easily remember which outlet is switch controlled.

Can you put 2 hot wires together?

Nothing. Two hots of same circuit – nothing should happen.

What happens if you don’t break the tab on an outlet?

The unrestricted plate allowed the power come in on one set of wires and leave on the other just as the break off tab does on modern outlets. Last item in the circuit will only have one set of wires to it. Leave the tabs or you will kill power to the remaining items on the circuit.

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