i have potlights in my attic that have no boxes around them.
the inspector when i bought the house said that the insulation could cause a fire and to put boxes on them.
my question is this- the boxes i bought have precut holes for the 3" pots and i can't put them over the pots because they are not centered between the studs, can i remove the bottom plate with the precut holes to fit over the lights??
i hope i described this well enough, the box will be completly open at the bottom sitting on the drywall in order to fit between the studs
To meet code you have to have a completely enclosed box. So yes the bottom has to be attached. As I see it you have two options:
1. Buy hangers to support the box anywhere between the beams. These are long pieces of metal that attach to the beam and the box hangs anywhere you want along them.
2. Buy the potlights for new construction that have the lights built into the box and come with there own hangers. Halo some really nice ones.