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Old 10-08-2008, 11:16 AM   #1
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Not able to secure vanity light to back plate with any screws


can't secure the new light so i put the old light back. thx for all of you.

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Do you have an electrical box in there?
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:41 PM   #3
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Yes, there is a box, but there is only two holes and there was nothing behind it. No wood, no dry wall. It's all empty; that's the reason why I can't screw anything into it. There are two holes in the middle, but there are metal beind it blocking the way, so I can't scew anything there either. I added a picture of the box in the album. Please take a look it.

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Yes, there is a box, but there is only two holes and there was nothing behind it. No wood, no dry wall. It's all empty; that's the reason why I can't screw anything into it. There are two holes in the middle, but there are metal beind it blocking the way, so I can't scew anything there either. I added a picture of the box in the album. Please take a look it.
Well I am not sure what is going on here as it is not all that clear.

If the light is small and doesn't weigh much you can use a retrograde box that will hold weight if installed correctly. These boxes have "wings" on them that will tighten up against the wall board and act as anchors.
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You will have to cut the screws to make them shorter. It happens all the time.
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Well I am not sure what is going on here as it is not all that clear.

If the light is small and doesn't weigh much you can use a retrograde box that will hold weight if installed correctly. These boxes have "wings" on them that will tighten up against the wall board and act as anchors.
I think I know what you are refering to. Unfortunatly I have a havy light.
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The box in the picture is a pancake box. It is a very common box, and is made of metal. What you need is a mounting strap (or "hickey") to accommodate the light fixture screws. The hickey screws to the box.

You should be using machine-thread screws...You are, right?
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If the pancake box isn't secured to anything, it should be easy to remove and replace with a box that will physically mount to the sheetrock with the aforementioned little plastic wings. There are other configurations as well.
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If the pancake box isn't secured to anything, it should be easy to remove and replace with a box that will physically mount to the sheetrock with the aforementioned little plastic wings.

It's a pan box for a reason. There will be a stud behind it.


Like jbfan said, you just need the right length screws (8/32's) that won't hit the back of the box.


If that is a FAN pan box, the screws will be 10/32's and will slip thru the tabs and screw into the back of the box.

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It's a pan box for a reason. There will be a stud behind it.
I'd certainly hope so too, but the OP indicated that there wasn't anything behind it.
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He was confused
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