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Old 05-23-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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New here - Question about light switch box

Hi I'm new. Just had a question about how to mount a light switch box. As far as I know, electrical boxes for lights, plugs and switches have to be properly mounted to a wall stud or ceiling joist or some sort of 'structure'. Is this true? Reason is we are going through a commercial reno, and I have some seen some stuff that I am pretty certain is a bit questionable. They are putting up walls and electrical here and here is how I saw one of the light switches mounted for one of the offices. It is just a section of a steel stud screwed to the drywall, and then the light switch attached to it. Am I right to think this is wrong? Should I be telling the owners about the contractors work?


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That's fine!


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ok, thanks...

Just wanted to make sure because I have always seen these boxes directly attached to wall studs.
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The cables need to be secured within 12" of the box. Other than that it is fine.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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