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Old 08-31-2010, 02:13 PM   #1
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Okay, re-doing the kitchen, what I want to avoid is the outlets flexing in and out on the 3 gang boxes. The outlet next to the stud is fine but it always seems that the outlet furthest away flexes a bit. There is no way to put a stud there on the opposite side. What about using gorilla glue t attach blocking to the back of the box so it's hitting the OSB sheathing that would prevent it flexing back when pushing in a plug.

Also, the upper and lower drywall pieces seam right in the middle of the outlet. would I help add rigidity by placing a 6" piece of 1x vertically and screwing onto that? Or will drywall tape make it fine.

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The 3 Gang Wallplate against the drywall should prevent should prevent flexing.

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The 3 gang box should have a tab with a screw hole on the oppiste ends from the nails.
I just scew a small peice of 2x4 to the tab, and let it rest against the osb.
When the sheetrock is added, the box should not move.
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Make a horzontal shelf out of 2x4 and screw the boxes into that as well as into the vertical stud.
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What about using gorilla glue t attach blocking to the back of the box so it's hitting the OSB sheathing that would prevent it flexing back when pushing in a plug.
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Use a decent size block so all the pressure (on the back wall) is not applied in one small spot. I don't know about Gorilla glue though. I generally use something like PL200 construction adhesive.
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These boxes are for metal studs but You could use them. They have supports on them to rest on the drywall.

http://www.tnb-canada.com/en/catalog...xes_18_eng.pdf
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Thanks, I will take the dry wall section off and do this. We have not taped yet ; )
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If I drill a screw from the inside will that now create a potential electric hazard since there is now a grounded metal fastener on the inside of the box? Would it be a code violation? Ie. the head or the screw cuts the plastic coating on a hot wire?

The suck is this 3 gang box attaches with 2 recessed screws on side. there is no recess on the left so I would just have to drive it in at a angle.
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