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jsunsun 01-14-2013 09:46 PM

Thinnest possible electrical box? or alternatives?
 
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Hi all,

Here's my dilemma. I really want to install a double slide-in-wall door, like the attached image. However on the same wall , I must also also install light switches close to the door opening. Because the door slides "into" the wall, using normal 2x4 framing walls, the pocket inside the wall would not allow any standard electrical boxes (in order to install a light switch there) to coexist inside that pocket as this would block the door's sliding path.

I'm guessing I could always make a 2x6 framing wall, but I prefer not to add extra thickness to the wall if possible. Therefore I'm wondering, if I stick with a 2x4 framing wall, is there such a thing as super thin electrical boxes? or anything else that can get around my problem? Thanks!

k_buz 01-14-2013 10:19 PM

We've discussed this at length in the not so recent past. In my 15 years in the trade, the only way I have seen this problem addressed is to either fur out the wall, or move the switch to an alternate location. The minimum measurement from the face of the stud to the door would need to be just over 1 1/2".

jsunsun 01-14-2013 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by k_buz (Post 1093725)
We've discussed this at length in the not so recent past. In my 15 years in the trade, the only way I have seen this problem addressed is to either fur out the wall, or move the switch to an alternate location. The minimum measurement from the face of the stud to the door would need to be just over 1 1/2".


Thanks! guess I'll either fur out the wall or give up the sliding door idea and use conventional doors...

joed 01-14-2013 11:11 PM

Why can't you put the switch on the other side of the door or slide the door the other direction?

jsunsun 01-14-2013 11:14 PM

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Originally Posted by joed (Post 1093762)
Why can't you put the switch on the other side of the door or slide the door the other direction?

I need to do a double door, so there is no other side. I can put it outside of the door pockets, but that won't be within arms reach as I walk into this room.

jsunsun 01-14-2013 11:23 PM

Has anyone tried a wireless light switch like the one shown in this video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_2bLUhFZbA

I came across this, wondering if this could work? I could install the switch wiring somewhere else nearby and put the wireless switch by the doorway. Will this work?

diystephen 01-15-2013 12:31 AM

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Originally Posted by jsunsun (Post 1093777)
Has anyone tried a wireless light switch like the one shown in this video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_2bLUhFZbA

I came across this, wondering if this could work? I could install the switch wiring somewhere else nearby and put the wireless switch by the doorway. Will this work?

Yes, that will work for what you're looking to do. My father in-law has something similar, and likes it. The switch isn't very estethically pleasing, but it works well for him.

Speedy Petey 01-15-2013 08:23 AM

Most pocket rood framing is 2x2's. You can use a standard depth (1-1/2") 1900 (4"x4") side strap box on the 2x2. You just have to be creative/careful running and securing the wires to and from the box.
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teamo 01-15-2013 08:34 AM

How about an occupancy sensor switch further inside the room or on another wall?

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/el...FVCd4Aod02cADg

kbsparky 01-15-2013 09:04 AM

You could use the device ring shown above by Speedy, and mount a switch there without a junction box. But you'll have to use a 24 volt relay mounted at the light and use class II wiring to make it legal.
http://cloud.globaltestsupply.com/pr...07-resized.jpg

No switch box needed.

waynestractor 01-15-2013 10:40 AM

You can also check out Skylink, there are a few different options for wireless switches at a very affordable price. We are a dealer for them here in Canada and they are great products.

jsunsun 01-15-2013 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by teamo (Post 1093886)
How about an occupancy sensor switch further inside the room or on another wall?

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/el...FVCd4Aod02cADg

I have these in washrooms, but I don't want this room to have light turned on everytime someone passes by.

jsunsun 01-15-2013 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by waynestractor (Post 1093967)
You can also check out Skylink, there are a few different options for wireless switches at a very affordable price. We are a dealer for them here in Canada and they are great products.

Where can I get them? do you have a store front?

waynestractor 01-15-2013 09:03 PM

We do not have a store front at this time. Where are you located, we can ship in Canada.

www.infocusled.ca
infocusled@yahoo.ca

jsunsun 01-15-2013 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by waynestractor (Post 1094453)
We do not have a store front at this time. Where are you located, we can ship in Canada.

www.infocusled.ca
infocusled@yahoo.ca


Thanks Email sent!


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