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Old 01-05-2011, 09:39 AM   #16
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Scuba , OP, others - Don;t forget about our old friend the the angle grider with a metal blade. The high speed and circular motion (not reciprocating) cuts way down on the vibration, and tends not to bring the whole wall down on top of you. And the discs are cheap. Just keep some water handy and make sure you're nowhere near your smokie - ie you WILL see smoke. Good luck.

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I'd point out, though, that this also makes a lot more dust. And where there's L&P there's also a probability of lead hazards.

I've put old work boxes into L&P in my kitchen, but it was also behind 2 layers of sheetrock and I didn't care what happenned to the plaster.

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It is possible you may have to cut additional holes in the wall (through the lath too) to assist in fishing the wires through.

Patch them using ordinary modern drywall patching techniques.
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You may want to check out the new SmartBox style old work box that screws into the side of the stud and provides a much stronger mounting and does not flex the plaster when using the receptacle.
With some digging around I found such a box at a local big box store! Not the original, a version made by Arlington.
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I've found the dremel multimax to be great for cutting into P&L, none of that vibration caused by sawzalls. As for the box, if you're not comfortable don't do it, but if you're willing to learn it's not hard to wire something into the box.
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Just a word of warning. If you have rock plaster like I do, your blades will last about half a box hole before there are no teeth left. Using a Fein type tool will get VERY expensive quickly (blades). I finally started hand cutting mine using a hacksaw blade in a single ended holder after drilling a starter hole.

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