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


Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-09-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 38
Rewards Points: 25

Need advice installing outdoor lights

I'll be installing 4 outdoor wall lights on the exterior garage front. The wall is brick. I'm thinking I'll need to drill out a cutout in the brick to accommodate a fixture box to attach the light to.--Is that the way these installs are done? If so, I assume a hammer drill should do the trick? How heavy duty of a drill would I need and are there any "tricks" you guys might have to efficiently make this cut in the brick?
Any ideas would be appreciated.

billyg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 08:22 PM   #2
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Connecticut, Litchfield
Posts: 2,015
Rewards Points: 1,000

Need advice installing outdoor lights

Personally, I would probably just install a fixture block (aka piece of ceder with a 4" round hole for a pancake box) to the brick and just drill 1 hole through the brick for the wiring method of your choice.

chris75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 09:36 PM   #3
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,294
Rewards Points: 1,000

Need advice installing outdoor lights

I'd try to surface mount a pancake box (1/2 deep) if the fixture design (canopy depth) will allow it.

If not, bump it out like Chris suggested. It will be easier then chipping out brick.

If you MUST chip out the brick, use a 1 gang box (rectangle) and cut the sides with a diamond blade on a grinder. The height of the 1G box is about the same as a brick.

Some people would suggest that, since it is brick and can not catch fire under any circumstances, that you can simply skip the J box and make up the wires in the canopy portion of the fixture. I believe that code requires a jbox even if it is mounted to concrete covered with asbestos.
220/221 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2008, 08:43 AM   #4
Electrical Contractor
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Colonia, NJ
Posts: 127
Rewards Points: 75

Need advice installing outdoor lights

Try an Arlington flat surface fixture box 8161TR
hpp58 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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
installing a motion sensor light in a garage-need some advice mcvane Electrical 2 01-03-2008 01:48 PM
I need advice on installing self-adhesive floor tiles SavReb Flooring 2 11-20-2007 10:09 PM
Need advice on installing indoor/outdoor carpet Krichton Flooring 1 06-27-2007 04:36 PM
advice on installing equipment grounding bar in main panel pacifier1er Electrical 5 05-29-2007 06:55 PM
Installing a gas range (advice needed) Krichton Appliances 8 11-24-2006 09:20 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.