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Old 03-31-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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Trouble mounting new vanity light


I'm trying to install a new vanity light. When I removed the old light bar I found that there wasn't a box behind it. It was attached directly to the drywall.

The vent pipe for the sink runs straight up behind where I need to install the box. At the shallowest, I have 1.25 inches of space between the drywall and the pipe.

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The shallow boxes I've found only attach to studs, and my closest stud is 11 inches away. The closer one is on the far side of the vent pipe.

I haven't been able to find any boxes with flanges that attach directly to drywall.

Does anyone know where I can find a shallow box that attaches directly to drywall? Any other ideas (other than installing sconces)?

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Do you need to mount a box for the light?

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It all depends on the type of fixture. Post a pic.

If it's a bath bar type, you can install the box to the side and drill a 1/2 hole in the fixture, install a protective plastic bushing and feed the wires thru.

You can also slip a 1x4 in thru the hole, attach it with dwall screws thru the dwall then mount a pancake box to it.


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Do you need to mount a box for the light?
Most fixtures will require a box. There are some that I would consider safe to use without a box...... like a bath bar with completely enclosed back piece (no huge holes in it)

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Here's a picture of the new light.
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Slip a 1x4 (as long as as possible...10-12 inches) in thru the hole. You will have to cut the opening a bit. Use 2 pieces if necessary.



Secure the 1x4 with a bunch of dwall screws, staggered and spaced 3 to 4 inches apart, thru the dwall, into the 1x4. Sink the heads flush and patch over them if visible.

Mount a pancake box (4" round, 1/2 inch deep) to the 1x4 GENTLY with dwall screws.
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