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Old 10-27-2012, 02:21 PM   #1
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Hello,

I was wondering, not sure if it's a local code thing or not, if a non-load bearing stud can be notched for a light box on a wall? I'm trying to center a lamp right over the middle of a sink, and unfortunately, there is a stud right there. SO I was wondering if it's ok to notch it enough to put the box basically in the stud? I know there are those pancake boxes, but would rather not do that. I can/will sister the stud just in case...

Other options are offsetting the box and getting a light fixture with a large enough wall plate to cover it, but Id rather not unless notching the stud really isn't to code or a good idea.

THoughts/opinions/advice? Thanks in advance....

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Old 10-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
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Hello,

I was wondering, not sure if it's a local code thing or not, if a non-load bearing stud can be notched for a light box on a wall? I'm trying to center a lamp right over the middle of a sink, and unfortunately, there is a stud right there. SO I was wondering if it's ok to notch it enough to put the box basically in the stud? I know there are those pancake boxes, but would rather not do that. I can/will sister the stud just in case...

Other options are offsetting the box and getting a light fixture with a large enough wall plate to cover it, but Id rather not unless notching the stud really isn't to code or a good idea.

THoughts/opinions/advice? Thanks in advance....

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Nothing I suppose... I think you're only suppose to have the fixture and one set of 14g wires coming in right? My original plan was to have the power enter this fixture, and then go to the next and then to the switch, so I"d have to rearrange that... plus feeding the fixture first, so that would be 3 14g, plus the fixture wires....is that not too much even if I did change my plan?
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Nothing I suppose... I think you're only suppose to have the fixture and one set of 14g wires coming in right? My original plan was to have the power enter this fixture, and then go to the next and then to the switch, so I"d have to rearrange that... plus feeding the fixture first, so that would be 3 14g, plus the fixture wires....is that not too much even if I did change my plan?
I would keep it to one 14-2 , just change the wiring plan.
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So with a pancake box, I don't notch the stud at all? It's meant to just go the drywall depth right?
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Move the stud.
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So with a pancake box, I don't notch the stud at all? It's meant to just go the drywall depth right?
Yes. Thats correct.
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Move the stud.
Maybe an option.
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Thanks Stickboy, thanks Brric.

Moving the stud... is difficult. THere is an intact room on the other side of the bathroom. So the plaster wall on the opposite side is still attached!

I'm guessing both of you think notching the stud is a *bad* idea? The pancake box might be promising....
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Thanks Stickboy, thanks Brric.

Moving the stud... is difficult. THere is an intact room on the other side of the bathroom. So the plaster wall on the opposite side is still attached!

I'm guessing both of you think notching the stud is a *bad* idea? The pancake box might be promising....
I've notched my share of studs before, dont get me wrong, I just try to avoid it when possible.
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I'm guessing both of you think notching the stud is a *bad* idea? The pancake box might be promising....
I'd notch the stud if a pancake box didn't work for some reason. For a nonstructural wall it's no big deal.
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Two inches to the right or left is not going to matter.
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thanks mpoulton

gregzoll... are you saying appearance wise? Or functionality wise, aka, the plate will cover it?
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We use pancakes all the time, much more often than I'd like. Personally if it was up to me and time is no iissue, I'd prefer to notch the stud.
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Two inches to the right or left is not going to matter.
sure it will... why do you think it won't?

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