Electrical box

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Old 11-15-20, 11:17 AM
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Electrical box

Morning,

I rewired all the outlets in my house. With this one the face plate won't fit on correctly because it looks like the top right screw hole broke at some point in the past. As a result the right corner of the electrical box cant be tightened to be flush with the drywall. Other than taking all the wiring apart and removing the box is there some creative way to compensate for this? A shim or something I haven't though of so I can get that screw to tighten?

Appreciate the assistance!

Kevin

 

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11-15-20, 01:26 PM
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Those phenolic boxes are very fragile.

There are repair clip to fix that. However, it is pretty expensive.
https://www.amazon.com/G-Clip-10-Pac.../dp/B08F2W1L9C

You can try epoxy putty. Put epoxy putty in and around the hole. Apply some oil on the thread of the bolt then insert the bolt in the hole. Compress putty around the bolt to make sure putty did not get pushed out by the bolt.
Before they putty hardens completely, unthread the bolt. This will create threaded hole.
 
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Old 11-15-20, 01:13 PM
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I would try some JB-WELD and then run a tap into the hole for new thread after a day of setting.
 
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Old 11-15-20, 01:26 PM
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Those phenolic boxes are very fragile.

There are repair clip to fix that. However, it is pretty expensive.
https://www.amazon.com/G-Clip-10-Pac.../dp/B08F2W1L9C

You can try epoxy putty. Put epoxy putty in and around the hole. Apply some oil on the thread of the bolt then insert the bolt in the hole. Compress putty around the bolt to make sure putty did not get pushed out by the bolt.
Before they putty hardens completely, unthread the bolt. This will create threaded hole.
 
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Old 11-15-20, 03:10 PM
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I like the JB Weld solution. I've used liquid nails in a similar way.
Another option would be to use a drywall screw instead. It might be able to get enough thread to hold it securely.
 
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Old 11-16-20, 08:26 AM
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I would try a long #6 wood screw or slightly larger in that hole only. I have seen it done before when the box is damaged.
This is not something that is going to have stress on the connection.
The jb weld is probably the right way, I tend to be a bit more lazy
 
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Old 11-18-20, 04:20 PM
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Great ideas everyone. I will test them out..

Appreciate your time !

Kevin
 
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Old 11-18-20, 06:58 PM
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I would try a long #6 wood screw or slightly larger in that hole only.
Don't try this to phenolic plastic like the op has. It will crack and pretty much crumble. It works for other plastic boxes and sometimes even on metal boxes.
 
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Old 11-19-20, 03:28 PM
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I like the clips mentioned in post #3. I've never seen them before so I learned something today!
Might be a little expensive but very easy and fast to complete the repair.
You might find another broken box and need another clip.
Also, they're made in the USA.
For a few dollars less you can get a smaller quantity from the manufacturer on that auction site.

 
 

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