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Old 04-21-2016, 08:46 PM   #1
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Mounting receptacle box for microwave


We've cut a hole in the back of the cabinet that holds the microwave. There is 1.25" from the front of the cabinet back to the backside of the drywall. That's too much for the tabs on an old work box.

How do we attach the box? Get one with ears that accommodate a screw?
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Re: Mounting receptacle box for microwave


Buy one of the new work boxes that are adjustable even after install. They move forward or backward when you turn a screw.

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Use longer screws.
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Re: Mounting receptacle box for microwave


I made the assumption that your image showed an oversize hole. Now I think it might be a scale issue. So adding to my comments.

The new stock of blue old work boxes at Lowes are slightly redesigned and feature 4 usable screw holes on the lip in addition to the swing arms. 4 #6 x 5/8 pan head sheet metal screws will can secure the box to the cabinet back. This is the way to old Raco metal boxes with ears were always installed.

I know it works because I did it yesterday.
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The new stock of blue old work boxes at Lowes are slightly redesigned and feature 4 usable screw holes on the lip in addition to the swing arms.

I know it works because I did it yesterday.
That's exactly what we did last night except we used screws left over from metal studs. Worked out great.

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