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Old 01-14-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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Mounting an electrical box 90* to normal?


I have a box attached to the side of a joist in the normal fashion, a ceramic light fixture on it, and a small LED light screwed in.

I would like to remount the electrical box with screws through the bottom of the box so that it is 90* normal. That would effectively raise the level of the light 6" so that people don't have to look at the bulb.

Any code issues with this?
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There's no reason it can not be turned 90 deg. but you can not add screws inside the box.
Going to have to open up the wall and add a horizontal 2 X 4 to attach it to.
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There's no reason it can not be turned 90 deg. but you can not add screws inside the box.
Going to have to open up the wall and add a horizontal 2 X 4 to attach it to.
Why no screws inside the box?
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I have a box attached to the side of a joist in the normal fashion, a ceramic light fixture on it, and a small LED light screwed in.

I would like to remount the electrical box with screws through the bottom of the box so that it is 90* normal. That would effectively raise the level of the light 6" so that people don't have to look at the bulb.

Any code issues with this?
Are you talking about a box mounted on the joist with an unfinished ceiling (like a basement?
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Screws through the back of a 1900 box is a common practice.

To OP, what type of box are you planning on using?
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I think he's saying rotate the entire box, fixture, and bulb up into the bay between the joists. In other words, the bulb horizontal above the bottom of the joist rather than the fixture/bulb below the joist with the bulb hanging down.
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Use an old work box?
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Use an old work box?
Why use an old work box for exposed work?
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Why use an old work box for exposed work?

I saw no mention of it being exposed.
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I saw no mention of it being exposed.
Where would you find a non-exposed porcelain lamp holder?
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There's no reason it can not be turned 90 deg. but you can not add screws inside the box.
Going to have to open up the wall and add a horizontal 2 X 4 to attach it to.
How else does one mount a metal box if not by screwing through the holes in it?
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Are you talking about a box mounted on the joist with an unfinished ceiling (like a basement?
Correct
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I think he's saying rotate the entire box, fixture, and bulb up into the bay between the joists. In other words, the bulb horizontal above the bottom of the joist rather than the fixture/bulb below the joist with the bulb hanging down.
Exactly. It is a blue plastic box.
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There is no Code violation to mounting a box in between joists (to the underside of the subfloor) in an unfinished basement.
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I don't think you are allowed to drill/screw your own mounting holes in plastic boxes unless they are at points designated/allowed by the mfg.

I would change the box.
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