securing loose exterior receptacle


Old 08-17-06, 08:45 AM
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securing loose exterior receptacle

I added an exterior receptacle, running off the interior receptacle.

The surface is stucco and I used a cold chisel and cut the opening too large. The receptacle is loose.

How do I fill in the extra space to make it secure?

I was going to put a piece of plywood in the gap but I don't know if this safe (or even allowed).

Stupid thing is I have a diamong blade that would of cut a neat opening, but forgot to use it.

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Old 08-17-06, 09:18 AM
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You needed to cut the stucco at a wall stud and secure the box to a stud. Then, use stucco patch available at the paint department of any of the big box bulding centers to fill in. But the box needs to be secure to the studs. The stucco will not secure it properly.

On the other hand, there are boxes available with 'wings' that will expand behind the stucco and wall board to secure the box. If there is no stud then use the proper box, then stucco patch around it.
Old 08-17-06, 09:52 AM
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On brick, expanding concrete works well, but don't know enough about stucco to recommend it for your job.

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