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Old 01-11-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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Partially exposed junction box on new fixture


I just replaced a wall light fixture in my bathroom and the base of the new fixture is oval and narrow doesn't fully cover the old junction box. Would it be safe to patch and paint over the exposed area (and if so, what is the best method?) or do I start from scratch with a new, bigger fixture?

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I just replaced a wall light fixture in my bathroom and the base of the new fixture is oval and narrow doesn't fully cover the old junction box. Would it be safe to patch and paint over the exposed area (and if so, what is the best method?) or do I start from scratch with a new, bigger fixture?
I'd say a new fixture, or try to cover the gap with paper and then paint the paper?

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what size, shape is the wall box?
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If at all possible, I would probably try to replace the box with something smaller and then patch around it.
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It would be best to replace the box with one that fits the new fixture or change the new fixture to one that fits the box. At some point, you, or someone else, will become unhappy with the "patch".
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