Old work electrical box

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Old 02-05-19, 07:25 PM
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Old work electrical box

I'm having to replace some outlets for someone in a double wide/ mobile home these outlets do not have boxes so I'm going to put some old work boxes in but I was wondering if there were any that had a lip on the sides to help support box all the ones I can find just have support on top and bottom walls are 1/4 drywall I was just wanting better support.
 
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Old 02-05-19, 07:37 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Have you measured the depth of the wall yet ?
Typically most electrical boxes are too deep to fit.
 
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Old 02-05-19, 07:55 PM
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Well I never measured but I have put 1 fiberglass box and 1 pvc box in for switches because I had them both were 18 cu in nothing bigger would go in I'm sure and that was on a inside wall, wasnt to worried about those because they were switches but this is a outlet on outside wall wanted more support because of the pushing plugs in
 
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Old 02-05-19, 08:11 PM
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The "lip" that's on the boxes is called ears. I've never seen any cut-in boxes with side ears.... just top and bottom. Based on the exact depth of the wall.... you may be able to get a box where the back sits against the inside wall/sheathing.
 
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Old 02-05-19, 08:13 PM
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Have you considered Madison clips?
 
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Old 02-06-19, 07:19 AM
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Yea I looked at those but it keeps the box from pulling out I was wanting more support for when pushing on it to plug something in
 
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Old 02-06-19, 08:31 AM
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I remember when I measured for the switches the boxes were close to being to deep espeacially the PVC box so if the outside wall is the same I wonder if I can glue some kind of shim to back of box to accomplish what your saying about pushing against outside wall
 
 

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