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Old 05-31-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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I'm renovating a 53 year old house and found lots of electrical issues, but I'm now trying to resolve this issue.

The bathroom drywall was in such bad shape we installed bead board paneling over top of it. We installed the paneling, sink, toilet, etc and were ready to tackle replacing the current outlet with a GFCI outlet. So when I removed the current outlet I realized that the old outlet box was a retrofit that was just screwed to the drywall and had already broke drywall on the top. I figured I would just replace the box with a plastic "old work" box, but the hole is now too long (top to bottom) with the broken drywall to be able to get the clips to grab hold on both the top and bottom of the box. I can't patch the drywall since I now have bead board on top and that hole is slightly too long as well. All I really need is some type of support for either the top or bottom of the outlet box. Any suggestions?

I also discovered the oulet was stubbed off the light fixture so I guess I'll be running a new 20 amp circuit to meet code.

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Use "Smart" boxes for the electrical work. They attach to the studs via the screws inside the box. Otherwise you have to fix the drywall before putting in the new boxes.

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Look for one of these.
http://www.electriciansupplies.com/p...-7010-8-SQ.htm
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Use "Smart" boxes for the electrical work. They attach to the studs via the screws inside the box. Otherwise you have to fix the drywall before putting in the new boxes.
The stud is 9" from the opening which would put the outlet over the toilet.
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you could try a metal old work box and 'f-clips' or 'madison bars' or 'switch box supports'
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I decided to cut a new hole and move the outlet since I have to run a new circuit anyway. The hole will be covered by a mirror.

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