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Old 10-08-2010, 09:20 AM   #1
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Bathroom light fixture- No Stud 1" to work with!!


This is from a new house that we are just replacing the light fixture with a modern one. The builder attached the old junction box with one screw at a 45 degree angle for the old fixture.

There is 2 pipes directly behind it. about 1" clearance
Need help with a junction box that can attach directly to the wall that is small enough to fit in front of those pipes.


Also is this a building code issue? Unclear on if you can attach a fixture that way and pass inspection.
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Not a pro, but here's what I would do: Scab two or three small pieces of 1-inch lumber on top of each other onto the stud. Then you'll have room to mount the box through one of the holes in the back of it.

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Put a 1x4x2' thru the hole and secure to the sheetrock, then mount the pancake (round box that you took out) to the 1x4, it will be just fine, had to do that plenty of times in bathrooms. Those pipes can be a pain
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If anything other than a single 14/2 cable is entering that box it will be overfilled per code. You may also want to consider if you will be able to provide an adequately secure connection of the box to the ceiling.

Depending on the space available, and perhaps if you are willing to move over a joist, you may be able to use Waco 7120 "saddle box":


which provides 12.5 cu/in. and can securely mount heavy light fixtures and even many ceiling fans.
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