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Old 01-23-2010, 01:19 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 01-23-2010, 01:39 PM   #2
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Nail a small piece of old wood sticking straight up from where the box is located

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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.
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I like the string idea but use something tuff so it doesn't get broken too easily.
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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
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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.
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great ideas... running to the paint store now.
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Paint sticks are too short for us. They insulation would cover them.
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Go to the local hd and buy a roll of 1/4" nylon rope. It usually comes in bright colors and is inexpensive.
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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.

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