Outside fixture box

Old 08-05-02, 06:33 AM
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Outside fixture box

Can I replace the current 1/2" metal fixture box on the exterior wall with the plastic blue round "old construction" box for an outside fixture? The 1/2" box doesn't give me enough room for the connections and get the fixture flush to the wall. Thanks.
Old 08-05-02, 07:39 AM
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Sure,,, if the old box is grounded then ground the fixture,,, if not it doesnt matter.
Old 08-05-02, 10:45 AM
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sberry27: thanks for the quick response. Just to be sure, currently the ground from the source wire is connected to the fixture ground wire, and a pigtail from this to the box. When you say "ground the fixture", does that mean to keep the connection from source ground wire to fixture ground wire, and forget the pigtail to the box?
Old 08-05-02, 10:52 AM
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The old grounds both the box and the fixture. Since the new boc is old work plastic, grounding the box has no function (the essence is in grounding the elec device).
Old 08-05-02, 11:01 AM
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Thanks GasGuzz!

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