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kelley4180 01-23-2010 01:19 PM

markers for location of junction boxes under insulation
 
I'm going to blow insulation in my attic, but would like to find my junction boxes easily for future wiring work. Any tips on marking their locations?

Scuba_Dave 01-23-2010 01:39 PM

Nail a small piece of old wood sticking straight up from where the box is located

Jupe Blue 01-23-2010 02:09 PM

If you are going to have really deep insulation take string and staple it adjacent to the j-box and then to the rafter or truss above it. Then you can follow the string down through the insulation.

joed 01-23-2010 03:44 PM

I like the string idea but use something tuff so it doesn't get broken too easily.

Thurman 01-23-2010 04:26 PM

I went into one attic where they had used paint stir sticks. The end sticking up was painted orange and the other end was stapled to the joist next to the junction box. Neat, cheap, efficient. Thanks, David

vsheetz 01-23-2010 06:32 PM

I used paint sticks to id where mine were located when I added several inches of insulation to my attic last year - the paint store provides them for free. :)

kelley4180 01-23-2010 07:14 PM

great ideas... running to the paint store now.

joed 01-23-2010 07:55 PM

Paint sticks are too short for us. They insulation would cover them.

firehawkmph 01-23-2010 08:05 PM

Go to the local hd and buy a roll of 1/4" nylon rope. It usually comes in bright colors and is inexpensive.
Mike Hawkins:)

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Originally Posted by joed (Post 387675)
I like the string idea but use something tuff so it doesn't get broken too easily.


vsheetz 01-23-2010 10:11 PM

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Originally Posted by joed (Post 387778)
Paint sticks are too short for us. They insulation would cover them.

Even the long ones for 5 gallom paint pails? That's what I had laying around and used. If longer needed, maybe tack two together. Need even longer, buy some cheap 1x2.

joed 01-24-2010 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by vsheetz (Post 387837)
Even the long ones for 5 gallom paint pails? That's what I had laying around and used. If longer needed, maybe tack two together. Need even longer, buy some cheap 1x2.

I have not seen long ones for 5 gallons pails. I don't my paint in that large a quantity. They would probably be long enough.

Thurman 01-24-2010 01:01 PM

YES, joed, there is a Santa Clause. Errr, I meant five-gallon paint stir sticks. I do not buy five-gallons of paint because--I hate to paint, period. But I do talk the paint people out of the five-gallon wooden stir sticks to use as shims. There are many many ways to use these as shims on projects. Thanks, David

paul100 01-24-2010 09:05 PM

Are you sure that you are allowed to have junction boxes buried in insulation? I know they have to be easily accessible but i dont know if being buried in blown in insulation is considered easily accessible.

codeone 01-24-2010 09:15 PM

Id try to mount the j-boxes above the insulation!

Scuba_Dave 01-24-2010 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by paul100 (Post 388493)
Are you sure that you are allowed to have junction boxes buried in insulation? I know they have to be easily accessible but i dont know if being buried in blown in insulation is considered easily accessible.

Yes they are allowed to be buried in insulation
It is considered accessible


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