Electrical Outlet Box problem

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Old 02-28-05, 08:11 AM
tkrotchko
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Electrical Outlet Box problem

This is an odd one, and I've never encountered it, so I'm looking for a clever solution.

In my kid's bathroom, the outlet next to the sink has been used a lot, the GFCI outlet is a tight fit, and as a result the box itself has cracked and the holes where the screws tighten the outlet have cracked. The result is there is no way to fasten the outlet (or anything) into the box.

Now, the brute force way to fix this, of course, is to tear out the sheetrock, put in a new outlet and you're done.

But there's got to be a more elegant or easy way.

Any ideas?
 
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Old 02-28-05, 08:36 AM
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You can remove the box and install an old work box. With the power off, remove the receptacle AFTER noting how the wires are connected. Using a hacksaw blade (they make tools to hold them), cut the supports for the box and remove it. Be careful not to damage the cable(s). Install an old work box, feeding the cable(s) into it through the clamps in the box. Attach the receptacle in the same way it was before.
 
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Old 02-28-05, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by racraft
Using a hacksaw blade (they make tools to hold them), cut the supports for the box and remove it.
The obvious answer is always best. Hadn't even thought of this. Great idea.

Thanks.

--Tom
 
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Old 02-28-05, 10:25 AM
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Alternatively, how about longer, very thin screws with small heads?

Juice
 
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Old 02-28-05, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by JuiceHead
Alternatively, how about longer, very thin screws with small heads?
Normally, a good plan, except the part where the screws connect have complete cracked away. Its amazing how the box literally cracked in half in the wall. I've never seen anything quite like it.
 
 

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