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Old 06-20-2010, 05:56 PM   #16
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as long as you are not less the 1 1/4" from the face of the stud where it actually goes through the stud, the rest is fine. The reason is so when they nail to the stud, they do not drive a nail, screw, or staple into the wire. You can also get nail plates to put on the stud over where the wire passes through to protect the wire as well.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:57 PM   #17
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Spacer notches on plastic boxes


Plastic boxes of various shapes all seem to have notches about 3/8" from front. Should notch be set against the wall stud? If that's the case, than with half-inch drywall, boxes will be slightly recessed into the drywall and not flush as I had assumed. Thanks for any help.
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Please keep your questions on your project in one thread
Its not necessary to start a new thread with each question

Boxes are to be set back so that the face is about flush with the drywall



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Thank you. However could someone who has used the plastic wall boxes tell me if the notch near the front is intended as a "stopper" to assist in flush mount? If so, has anyone actually measured it and found it to be only 3/8" or less as I have? There must be an explanation here.
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some boxes have multiple marks on them to coincide with various thicknesses of wall material. Some have notches other similar means to assist in mounting the boxes without having to measure each one.

Bottom line: figure out the actual thickness of the wall material and transfer that onto the box. Then, utilize whatever marking or assist device is there for you to use.

when installing boxes in a ceiling or wall made of non-combustible material (sheetrock is in this category) you are allowed to have the recessed up to 1/4 inch from the surface. When the wall material is combustible, the bod must be flush with the surface.

So, with your 3/8 set, that would be acceptable to use for 1/2 sheetrock and in a perfect world, 5/8 rock. It is not usable for any combustible wall materials that are anything other than 3/8" thick.

so, the detent is usable for some uses and not for others. If it works, use it. If it doesn't; don't.
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Thanks nap. Understand it a lot better with your complelte answer.
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