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azcycle
Replacing damaged plastic electrical boxes

I'm working on a house built in the early 80s that has a lot of damaged plastic electical boxes. The plastic box bosses that the outlet screws into have broken off so that the outlet cannot be secured.

In the past I have tried replacing the outlet boxes by cutting off the nails that attach the boxes to the stud by a hacksaw, removing them, and replacing them with new plastic boxes that have flip up tabs that secure the box to the drywall.

This does not really work that well because the boxes atill are not all that secure and they seem like like they could be pulled out by tripping over the cord that's plugged into them.

Is there a better solution?

kentvw
Re: Replacing damaged plastic electrical boxes

What we have done in the past is to drill out the holes to 3/16" and glue/epoxy small plastic wall anchors in the holes. It can be "iffy" if the old 6/32 device screws will self thread but a tri tap or 6/32 tap chucked in a cordless makes quick work of retapping.

Re: Replacing damaged plastic electrical boxes

I have used either 8/32's or sheetrock screws

Ernie_Fergler
Re: Replacing damaged plastic electrical boxes
Ravens53 wrote:

I have used either 8/32's or sheetrock screws

Sheetrock screws, eh?
In a pinch, me too..

xyxoxy
Re: Replacing damaged plastic electrical boxes
Ernie_Fergler wrote:

Sheetrock screws, eh?
In a pinch, me too..

In my Grandpa's generation it was roofing nails. For me, I'm never without an assortment of sheetrock screws. With enough of those and a few rolls of duct tape I'm convinced I could build my own space shuttle.

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