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Old 07-05-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Plugs on bell boxes

Quick opinion question: it says to silicon the plugs on a bell box for wet location. If it's not going to get real wet, like under a garage peak overhang, I just use several wraps of Teflon tape. I put this on the lamp holders too (not a good ground anyway due to coating, so I DO use the grounding screws on the box, cover, and lamp holders). Anyone say Teflon tape is a terrible idea? Other tips?
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Plugs on bell boxes

Ive never done either

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Plugs on bell boxes

I caulk the ones on the top of the box, if any.
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If you can't use the caulk do to its location, put the plug in and then put a good size dolup on your finger and cover the plug.
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Plugs on bell boxes

I useally chalk the top half but almost never on bottom half ( unless subject ot spraying water then I will seal up the whole thing )

And of course drill out a small 1 or 2 mm hole on bottom of it that will assit any water to drain out.( unless it is under " damp location " I may let it slide depending on the set up )

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I drill a hole in the bottom. A small hole.
Actually I don't, but I would do that before trying to seal it up.

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