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Old 01-29-17, 08:44 AM
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junction boxes and wood

Did it not used to be code to put a metal junction box right to b flush with wood? Almost every junction box I find in this house, the junction boxes sit just behind the wood like they do with drywall.
I'm not sure if it's because the wood panelling was installed later or because it wasn't an electrical requirement 30 years ago?

I have a 3 gang box that I therefore need to extend. However, they don't seem to sell 3 gang extension boxes. I can find the arlington 1 or 2 gang box but nothing else and even those are very hard to come by.
Is my only choice then to replace the entire junction box with an old work 3 gang that can be attached to the wood panelling?
...or can I somehow join 3 single gang extenders together?
 
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Old 01-29-17, 09:09 AM
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Got a picture of the box? Some can be extended, but we need to see its juxtaposition to the paneling.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 09:28 AM
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Old 01-29-17, 09:43 AM
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The BE-1 and BE-2 can be ganged is needed.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 10:13 AM
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Boxes that are installed where a finished wall or ceiling will be are required to be flush with a combustible wall surface and no more then 1/8" set back in a non-combustible wall surface. If the boxes are set back more then that a box extender is required to be used.

This code has not really been enforced very much except for extreme circumstances. Lately though I am finding inspectors are starting to look for it. Especially when tile is installed on a wall.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 10:55 AM
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The BE-1 and BE-2 can be ganged is needed.
Do you need to cut any parts of it off because of spacing because a 3 plate cover has to go on after?
 
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Old 01-29-17, 11:05 AM
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Just use an AI-BE3 and no adjustment needed.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 02:16 PM
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I cannot get them in Canada...at least not easily.
Postage and customs to ship from US will be high.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 02:31 PM
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I am sure there is an option available without being imported. Can you check an electrical supply house?
 
 

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