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Old 07-11-2012, 12:31 AM   #16
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With a surface mount box and a (code required) in-use cover, the box sticks out almost 6". Recessing the box will make a much, MUCH cleaner look.

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I understand that jimmy. Like I said, I'm no electrician.. I just think it would be easier to drill a 3/4 hole through the stucco, fish the wire, screw the weatherproof box to the stucco, sealant caulk around the box, hook your receptacle, put your weather proof cover and be done. As I'm not an electrician, help me to understand why the box in the wall is better as I will be doing something similar shortly..
He said he wanted to do some light fixtures, not receptacles. Not that really makes any difference. Surface mount boxes look like hell. The only time to use them is when you are running conduit surface mount, and you can't fish it in the wall. Because he didn't mention anything about running any conduit surface mount, there would be no reason to use a surface mount box. IMO the box i said i would use is the easiest option and would look the best. Same way i always do light fixtures. Stub out a wire before there is siding. After there is siding up, shove the wire back into the hole, drill a 3 5/8 hole. Use that bakelite box unless i hit a stud, then use a pancake box.

Oh i guess he did say he is doing a receptacle as well...... I would use the same box but in a single gang configuration instead of 3/0 for that. Just make sure to miss the stud

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Couple problems

1) no plywood behind stucco/foam board
2) OP said light fixtures and a receptacle
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Couple problems

1) no plywood behind stucco/foam board
2) OP said light fixtures and a receptacle

1) He said there is 1/4 hardi board over the studs. That should be just fine for the bracket to rest against.
2)I missed the receptacle the first time i read it, but it doesn't make a difference. They make those boxes in single gang configuration as well
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I understand that jimmy. Like I said, I'm no electrician.. I just think it would be easier to drill a 3/4 hole through the stucco, fish the wire, screw the weatherproof box to the stucco, sealant caulk around the box, hook your receptacle, put your weather proof cover and be done. As I'm not an electrician, help me to understand why the box in the wall is better as I will be doing something similar shortly..
Well of course it's easier, but easier comes at a price, in this case cosmetically, it would look absolutely butt ugly to do it surface.

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