How to position electrical boxes between studs?


Old 07-20-11, 07:28 PM
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How to position electrical boxes between studs?

I have a situation in the remodel, I need to put an 4x4 electric box on one side of a 2x4 wood stud, and another one on the other side. In other words, the two boxes will be at the same height, with the stud sandwiched between them.

It is for a bathroom. Box 1 will have a switch for the overhead light, and a switch for a sconce. Box 2 will have a switch for an exhaust fan and a duplex outlet. All of them on the same circuit.

Everything is done with EMT conduits.

So I drilled a 3/4" round hole through the stud, attached a metal conduit connector to each box. Cut a short piece of pipe the depth of a 2x4...seems easy, but I cannot tighten the screws on the connector to bite onto the pipe - because they are inside the hole!

I am obviously doing this wrong. What is the proper way?
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Old 07-20-11, 10:43 PM
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Before mounting the boxes make up the conduit connector complete and install in one box. Remove the lock nut from the other end of the connector. Install the box. Install the second box and install the lock nut.

For what it's worth, I would have probably used a multi-gang box on one side or a rigid conduit nipple through the stud.
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