Mount Opposing Outlet Boxes - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-07-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 438
Rewards Points: 278

Mount opposing outlet boxes

There is no outlet on this side of the wall where the wife wants one. And what the wife wants....well you might know the rest!

But there is an outlet directly on the opposite side of the wall! I took the outlet out and sure enough, mounted to a stud. Measured, went around to the other side, measured, and started cutting without really thinking this through. The wall is about five inches thick. I realized I couldn't put the boxes "butt to butt" as they would never fit. So I thought (badly) thaT I could stack them...not a good idea with 12/2 cable unless your top box has no bottom! So that's kind of were I am at...either find or make a box with no bottom, or find some other way to mount this outlet. Do they still make Edison Clamps and would that be acceptable?

Open to other solutions as well!


dougp23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
Retired from the grind
gregzoll's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 16,019
Rewards Points: 5,392

Mount opposing outlet boxes

You offset the boxes by using retro. Otherwise, you have to patch the drywall, unless you use "smart" boxes, instead of retro boxes.


Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2011, 10:10 PM   #3
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 90
Rewards Points: 75

Mount opposing outlet boxes

The existing box should be on one side of the bay against one stud. Put the other box on the other side of the same bay. You'll connect them with a length of 12/2 which you'll install before you install the new box in the wall.
brgmgb is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help with new outlet installation ajm Electrical 9 11-07-2011 08:12 PM
Add An Outdoor Outlet pokey302 Electrical 3 02-21-2011 09:46 AM
rerouting boxes for lcd wall mount bowanna03 Electrical 6 06-03-2009 01:24 PM
Adding new ceiling light in place of switched outlet XavierG35 Electrical 2 02-13-2008 10:05 PM
European 220V outlet "Schuko" estophile Electrical 6 08-27-2005 09:45 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts