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Old 05-26-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Hello there... I'm a complete newbie that is trying to put up a canister light. I removed the current light and this is the housing that I can't figure out how to remove??? I assume there should be a screw or two and it would be that simple, but I can't figure out how to remove it???

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Old 05-26-2012, 11:28 AM   #2
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Its probably nailed on the outside of the box. Push up on the box with a screwdriver. You should be able to figure out what side of the box the joists are on, then pry it out.

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Its probably nailed on the outside of the box. Push up on the box with a screwdriver. You should be able to figure out what side of the box the joists are on, then pry it out.

It is connected to the left side of the picture.... I didn't want to use force if it didn't call for it.

This just created another question..
When I pry this out, will there be room for a 6" canister if the previous 3-4" housing was nailed to a joist? I really didn't want to patch drywall. I just bought a remodel can?

Thank you for your help.
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You should be fine, although you won't be able to center the new can on the existing hole. You will have to have the edge of the new can on the edge of the joist.
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It is connected to the left side of the picture.... I didn't want to use force if it didn't call for it.

This just created another question..
When I pry this out, will there be room for a 6" canister if the previous 3-4" housing was nailed to a joist? I really didn't want to patch drywall. I just bought a remodel can?

Thank you for your help.
The box is obviously nailed to a joist, so I highly recommend you probe around in the other direction to make sure the remodel can will fit with no obstructions... such as water pipes, blocking, etc...
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You might end up with a small amount of patching. The housing typically requires a 1/2" clearance from wood framing.
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Thanks everybody... I'll let you know what happens.
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If you go to Lowes or HD look in the electrical section for a similar box.


Seeing one out of the hole will help you figure it out.

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