Bathroom sconce mounting issues

Old 04-29-15, 05:32 PM
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Bathroom sconce mounting issues

I hated the old sconce installed by the last owner, so I decided to remove the old bathroom sconce and mount a new one. In the process of doing so I ran into two issues.

(1) After removing the old sconce, I noticed the porcelain wall tiles were not cut to a rectangular opening matching the size of the box behind, in addition, behind is a metal handy box. If it were me for a sconce I would mount a 4"x4" square box with a round mud ring...but OK. I could work with it and got everything wired, mounting the fixture bar was a bit tricky as I need to use extra long screws and thread in a pair of nuts to better secure the fixture mounting bar.

Here are some pictures of what I am talking about.

So my first question is, should I try to enlarge the tile cutout to the same size as the handy box behind it? Or should I leave it alone?

This is very hard and brittle 3/8" porcelain tile. I had two spare pieces and tried once to cut two holes (for hot and cold water supply lines) and my carbide hole saw didn't do anything. I had to take it to the tile store and they said this is very tricky to cut and they said they diamond hole saw won't make a smooth hole, instead the sliced the tile in half using their wet saw, then pushed the tile towards the chop saw a bit at a time, making a rough "U". I tried to use my diamond blade on a grinder on it and wasn't able to get a clean line on it, so I am a bit concerned about enlarging it unless there is a good functional reason to.

(2) After I mounted the fixture bar and threaded in the rod, the entire fixture is then mounted onto the rod, and tightened with a cap. The cap is a metallic cone tightened by hand. I tightened as much as I can. However the light fixture is quite heavy. It tilts easy because it's heavy and wide, and it's only held by that fixture rod in the middle. Is there a way to stop it from tilting to one side or another whenever I touch it say to change a bulb or something?

Old 04-29-15, 06:14 PM
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Is it possible the fixture is upside down? I hate bug catchers. Inverted it won't tend to bow down so much.
Old 04-29-15, 06:16 PM
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Leave the junction box as it is.

I would put a thin bead of silicone on the edge of the fixture.
Old 04-29-15, 06:26 PM
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There appears to be a bar on the fixture,and there are 2 screws holding it in place,the bar is slotted and may fit onto the box, the bar would have to be inverted so as to fit flush with the wall,then screws installed,the stem could be nutted on the inside and the metallic cone tighten on .
Just a thought.

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