adding external lighting.

Old 02-06-02, 12:46 PM
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Question adding external lighting.

Hello everybody. I had an electrical fire
due to old wiringand in order to get lighting back in the house I had to abandon the external light
in which the fire originated. I want
to move the light since I have to rewire it,
however can you use a old work box. My
outside siding is stucco, however since there is
no nails or anything, I was curious if it would
hold a regular light fixture. Can anybody help?

Old 02-06-02, 06:54 PM
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I believe an old work box does not rely on nails or screws, it clamps itself to the back and front of the material (gypboard, siding etc).
Old 02-07-02, 08:56 AM
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Thanks Ron... DO you deem these boxes as
reliable. WHat I mean sturdy enough
to hold an external light ficture.
I never used them, so I am testing the waters
for experiences or opinions.
Old 02-09-02, 10:04 AM
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Stucco is installed on a substantial backing when it was installed be sure to cut through the stucco and the backing. Remodel light boxes are approved to support up to 35 pounds. I would look into buying the light box with wings. Seems to be the best mounting method in your scenerio.

You might consider using toggle bolts and a surface mount weather proof light box instead of cutting hte hole.

Extra thoughts on the subject;

If you had a fire in an existing light fixture you evidently had a problem. Would be in your best interest if you were to inspect all connections in that dwelling's wiring system to make sure you don't have an invitation to a second fire due to loose connection in branch circuits. Loose connections in branch circuits and hidden junctions that tend to start frying within a wall causes a major percentage of your house fires in the nation.

A very good idea is to install a new product now being required to protect bedroom receptacles in new homes. YOu will be seeing much more of this arc fault being requried many places in a home in future Code cycles.

In older existing homes there are many instances of loose connections and hidden junctions. This arc fault breaker will monitor the entire branch circuit it protects for any arcing due to a loose connection. I see this arc fault breaker to be better than anything on the market that can help protect your existing homes from fire due to the older wiring systems and inherent loose connections that have appeared over time without people knowing the exist in their homes. If you have arcing anywhere on an arc fault branch circuit the arc fault breaker will trip telling you have a problem and possible fire hazard hidden within your walls.

Good advice in my mind.

Good Luck


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