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Old 08-15-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Did I mount outdoor light fixture correctly?


I just moved in my first house, and the outdoor light near the front door was broken.

I went ahead and replaced it with a new fixture, which I've done in the past but this time I got a bit stuck.

First, I removed the old fixture and "mounting bar" from the junction box. Next I installed a new "round" mounting bracket to the box.

I was confused with the ground wire. The OLD fixture had black and white wires. The bare ground wire coming from the wall was screwed to the metal junction box ground screw (not any brackets).

The NEW fixture has black, white, and bare ground. So I followed the directions and I did black to black, white to white, and I removed the ground that was screwed into the junction box and screwed it into the new bracket's ground screw. With the slack coming after the screw, I wire capped it to the ground wire of the fixture. So now it goes wall wire bare ground --> screwed to bracket ground --> capped to fixtures bare ground wire. Is this correct or should I have left it on the metal junction box.


Lastly one more thing, there are two long screws coming out of the bracket. These are the screws that the light mounts to the wall with. They are too long, the caps do not go all the way down. Did I do something wrong or does this happen sometimes? Can I just use my dremel tool to cut them shorter? Is that bad?


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Old 08-15-2009, 09:58 PM   #2
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I installed a new "round" mounting bracket to the box.
Is there a green ground screw on the round bracket?.Is There a ground wire going out of light? If so connect it to the ground screw on bracket leave enough wire to tie onto the grounds in the box.Can
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 I just use my dremel tool to cut them shorter? Is that bad?
I have a tool that cuts them not sure on dremel also make sure you DONT cut them to short I have done that myself

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Is there a green ground screw on the round bracket?.Is There a ground wire going out of light? If so connect it to the ground screw on bracket leave enough wire to tie onto the grounds in the box.Can
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 I just use my dremel tool to cut them shorter? Is that bad?
I have a tool that cuts them not sure on dremel also make sure you DONT cut them to short I have done that myself
...How bout using a pair of pliers. (which cut like butter through a 6-32 or 8-32 mounting screw like a knife through butter.) (Now more than ever) Don't Drink and Drive!!!

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...How bout using a pair of pliers. (which cut like butter through a 6-32 or 8-32 mounting screw like a knife through butter.) (Now more than ever) Don't Drink and Drive!!!
Try rethreading after cuting with pliers (the right tools for the job is what to go with, but forgot its a DIY chatroom)

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Lastly one more thing, there are two long screws coming out of the bracket. These are the screws that the light mounts to the wall with. They are too long, the caps do not go all the way down. Did I do something wrong or does this happen sometimes? Can I just use my dremel tool to cut them shorter? Is that bad?


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Just turn these two screws clock wise (in) until they are the correct length. You do have them in the threaded holes? Thats where they go, so you can adjust them. They do not go in the elongated curved slots. They must be in the threaded holes provided.

Your grounding sounds fine to me the way it is. But since you have to go back in to adjust your mounting screws you might as well put the ground wire back on the box where it was and put the one from the fixture on the same screw.

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