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Old 04-11-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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Correct screws for mounting box to joist?


I have a surface-mounted box that was nailed to the joist in the basement. The box has a duplex receptacle in it. When I unplugged a light fixture from the box to move it, the box came with the plug.

I would rather not try to re-nail the box, as there are wires INSIDE the box that I'd like to avoid w/ a hammer.

So I'd like to use screws.

Would screws be okay? Is there a preferred type of screw for this application? Does code say anything about this?

Sorry for the dumb question.

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Old 04-11-2010, 09:13 PM   #2
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just use woodscrews....make sure they bite into the wood at least an inch. That's just my personal preference...not sure if there's an actually rule for it.

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I just use 1-1/4 drywall screws course thread.
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