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Old 08-03-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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I had to buy a blue PVC Carlon adjustable switch box. It is adjustable by moving the screw either in or out and it adjusts the depth of the box. My question is that it does not come with screws or nails to attach to stud. What should I use?

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Old 08-03-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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The metal plate has screw holes in the top and bottom, and on the front. to mount it to the stud.

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Roofing nails, drywall screws.
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Yeap, what type of screw or nail should be used and length?
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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Doesn't much matter, you're likely to have plenty o'drywall screws around, use those. 1-5/8" are the typical length for those.

But why are you going to use those boxes? Do you know you're going to have more than the typical 1/2"-5/8" of drywall on the wall in front of them? If not then save yourself the money and just use regular boxes.
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thanks, had to go with that since the studs r to close together
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Drywall screws aren't the best choice because of the countersunk head style. The screw can't countersink into metal, so the head will stick out, and tend the push the drywall out from the edge of the box a little - exactly what you're trying to avoid with the adjustable box. No major deal, but flat head nails work better.
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Seems if you're using drywall thin enough to have that problem then you probably shouldn't need to use these boxes anyway. That and run 'em through the center of those mounting holes. But I certainly wouldn't argue against using nails.

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