Rusty junction box ext garage light

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Old 11-07-14, 09:26 AM
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Rusty junction box ext garage light

Trying to at least temporarily cap off this junction box for an exterior garage light but the rusty screws just spin. Also there's a good sized hole rusted out on the top right. I don't want to abandon it...The ultimate goal is use it.

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BTW, I saw a lizard in there and I couldn't get the sucker out. ;(
 
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Old 11-07-14, 09:35 AM
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If you're just covering it with the blank plate, I'd use some caulk to hold the cover on and also squirt some caulk or adhesive in the screw holes to hold it in place. If you want to permanently abandon it, disconnect the wiring at the source then you can just go over the box with plaster or whatever.
 
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Thanks!
I don't want to abandon it...
The ultimate goal is use it.
 
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Old 11-07-14, 12:37 PM
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Use it for what might I ask?

With a chunk taken out of the back of that rusted mess I would question its integrity as being part of a grounded electrical system and surely it has lost its fire rating it once had. You also have years of moisture going into that box which is another issue you will have to address when you have an electrician replace that box.

Just abandon the wiring yourself allow the lizards to breed inside of it.
 
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Old 11-08-14, 06:47 AM
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You need to get the box out and replace it. It's not easy, but there is always a way.
Start by opening up wall behind it and see what you're dealing with. Post some pictures of the backside of box once wall is opened.
 
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Old 11-08-14, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by dirtydickey
Use it for what might I ask?
Exterior garage door lighting as it is made for. There is one by each of my two garage doors...This is the one the left or east side.
 

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Old 11-08-14, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Handyone
You need to get the box out and replace it. It's not easy, but there is always a way. Start by opening up wall behind it and see what you're dealing with. Post some pictures of the backside of box once wall is opened.
The wall behind it is concrete block so at this point, I don't want to open that unless it's a last resort. Anyone have any other ideas?
 

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Old 11-08-14, 11:59 AM
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If removing box is not feasible, you will have to trace bad conduit back to the nearest junction box.
By junction box, I mean it could be a switch box or wherever the wires terminate.
Once you determine where the garage light wires come from:
Pull wires back to source.
Abandon box and finish outside wall as needed.
Run new conduit from source to new box. New box can be surface mounted or mounted above or below abandoned box.
I understand none of the above is easy, but the box you have needs eliminated.
 
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Old 11-09-14, 09:23 AM
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Sounds like it'd be easier to just keep breaking it apart piece by piece, no?!?
 
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Old 11-09-14, 10:07 AM
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If you can break it apart that might be easiest. Install a new masonry box in the hole and surface run new conduit on the inside wall and into the back of the new box.
 
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