Ceiling joist in the way for new electrial box

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Ceiling joist in the way for new electrial box

I am adding some pendant lights over our kitchen bar. Unfortunately, two of the locations are right next to ceiling joists. I am using old work round boxes for the electrical. I am thinking of nailing another joist to the existing one and then cutting out about 3 inches from the old one to accomodate the box. Is this an acceptable solution? Is there another alternative? If I do this how long of a splice should I make?
 
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Right next to or right under ceiling joists ?

You could use shallow pancake boxes right on the surface of the joists.
You could also use fan boxes that go over or right next to the joist.

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The center of the box will be right next to the ceiling joist. It literally would be touching the joist if you put a nail up through the center where the light will hang.

If you use pancake boxes, do you just cut out a notch in the joist to accomodate the depth of the box? That will work great if that is how you locate the box. I could easily secure the box to the joist then. The pendant lights do not weigh much.
 
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Use a pancake box .
 
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Old 11-01-14, 04:09 PM
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do you just cut out a notch in the joist to accomodate the depth of the box?
No. The depth is equal to the standard thickness of " Sheetrock. It goes on the surface of the beam.
 
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Keep in mind with a standard pancake box.... you can only bring in 1) two wire cable.

If you use the following style.... it will be like a pancake box with an extra splice area.

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