Loose outlet boxes

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Old 04-18-05, 05:15 AM
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Loose outlet boxes

I have an older home with some loose outlet boxes. What's the easiest way to get these boxes secure enough again that they don't recess an inch as I press the plug into them and snap the plastic outlet cover in the process??
 
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Old 04-18-05, 05:49 AM
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I would screw the box to the stud. If the box has no nail holes, you will have to prick punch the box and drill a hole for the screw. I suggest using a bit extension to get a good angle to get the drill started. Position the box flush to the plaster before screwing it to the stud.
 
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Old 04-19-05, 04:06 AM
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The screw fix assumes the box is against a stud. If not, there are special renovation boxes with provision to clamp directly to the drywall/plaster. Once the box is secured you could patch the wallboard with joint compound or similar patching material.
 
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Old 04-19-05, 05:01 AM
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So I should be able to do this without cutting wallboard? Just remove the recepticle, find which side the stud is on, and screw through the inside of the box into the stud?

Another question, In some cases, the wallboard has broken away where the recpticle flanges on the top and bottom butt up against it prevent them from being screwed in too deep. What's the best method to fix this situation.
 
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