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Old 05-30-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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Hi, I am having trouble installing my light fixture in my bathroom. I recently had the hollywood vanity lights and took them down only to find no outlet box but just the wires sticking out. I went to ace hardware to buy a outlet box to help mount my new light fixture, but the box did not come with screws. So now I am stuck b/c I can't find screws to fit into the five holes and might just call the electrician to hang this up for me. Please help!

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Electric box holes are normally 6-32 machine screws.

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Electric box holes are normally 6-32 machine screws.

Round junction boxes typically used for light fixtures are 8/32 machine screws and retangular boxes used for receptacles are 6/32 machine screws.
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Hi, I am having trouble installing my light fixture in my bathroom. I recently had the hollywood vanity lights and took them down only to find no outlet box but just the wires sticking out. I went to ace hardware to buy a outlet box to help mount my new light fixture, but the box did not come with screws. So now I am stuck b/c I can't find screws to fit into the five holes and might just call the electrician to hang this up for me. Please help!
5 holes? I'm not sure I follow...

Is this a remodel box, i.e. a single-gang with 1/2" knockouts? Are the screws that you say are missing for attaching the fixture?
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Actually can someone tell me where I can buy a pancake pan and hanger to attach to the studs to?

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You don't need a pancake box with that type of hanger for a wall mounted fixture. If the fixture is located right in front of a stud, a pancake box can be screwed right into the stud. If not, you're better off with a plastic cut-in box. You cut a hole for the box to fit in and screw in two screws, which will cause plastic flaps to extend behind the wallboard and secure the box in place. Very, very easy.

If you do decide that you want to use a metal box, you MUST make sure that the box itself is correctly grounded with a green screw or clip. There is a threaded hole in the back of all metal boxes to receive the green screw, which does not come with the box.
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As I said in my other post, that box and strap is home made.
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Okay, but where do I buy the plastic box from? Do you have a link of what it looks like?
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I may be wrong, but if I remember correctly you don't need a box. Someone can clarify, but maybe you can just mount the new fixture like the old one.

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