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Old 02-06-2009, 07:44 PM   #1
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This is my first stab at wiring so I am wondering if I am doing something wrong here. The PVC boxes that I bought at Home Depot have little knock out tabs that don't hold the cable in place like they should. Here they are in this top picture. When I break one of the two tabs that hold them in place they just dangle there and they don't have any holding power to hold the cable in place. Am I missing something or is this OK? I know the cable won't move once the wires are connected but I wouldn't think this will pass inspection since the tabs are not holding them. The 2nd pic is what they look like after I run the cables in. They look like they aren't there, but they are, dangling on the inside, not supporting the cable like they should.


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No, they're supposed to be like that. It is fine. However, I will point out that one wire looks like it too close to the edge of the stud.

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Some of the plastic boxes have a different style of entry, where there is a heavier spring type of plastic tab that prevents the wire from being pulled back out, some are like yours, where it is a complete break away. As long as you staple the wires within the required 8" of the box, you will be OK.
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........ When I break one of the two tabs that hold them in place they just dangle............
I've never had that happen to me. Use a flat blade screwdriver to gently pry open one side of the tab on the next box Before it's installed. Then insert the flat blade screwdriver into the opening to be sure the tab maintains pressure. If the Tab dangles then there is a manufacturing defect.

If more likely it's OK, Then you used more force the necessary to open the tab. They don't like to be opened by slapping the end of a screwdriver against the tab.

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If the Tab dangles then there is a manufacturing defect.
No. These Carlon boxes have no clamps. It's just a KO.
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No. These Carlon boxes have no clamps. It's just a KO.
I agree, staple required within 8" of box and move on...
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........... but they are, dangling on the inside, not supporting the cable like they should.

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The O.P. by EP777 has this Pic which makes it very clear that there are no clamps in the box. I said that if the Tabs break off then most likely there is operator error but if the tabs just break off then there may be a mgf defect

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This discussion was about the box tabs. The O.P. clearly shows the cable clamps in the stud
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The tabs are still in the box, you can't see them in this picture because of the shadows. All the double gang boxes that I bought have different tabs that do have the spring loaded pressure to hold the cable in place, but the single gang boxes no matter how lightly I break them open, they will dangle. There just isn't enough plastic there to hold them up from dangling, but like everyone else said I am just going to staple the cable within 8" and move on.
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The tabs are still in the box, you can't see them in this picture because of the shadows. All the double gang boxes that I bought have different tabs that do have the spring loaded pressure to hold the cable in place, but the single gang boxes no matter how lightly I break them open, they will dangle. There just isn't enough plastic there to hold them up from dangling, but like everyone else said I am just going to staple the cable within 8" and move on.
Thats because single gang boxes dont require cable support inside the box.... so the manufacture does not supply it.

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