vinyl siding plate for coach lantern (wall mtg)

Old 07-18-05, 05:44 PM
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vinyl siding plate for coach lantern (wall mtg)

I have a coach lantern by the front door. The house is vinyl sided and the bracket (vinyl) has split. The lantern was only screwed into the vinyl, not through to the wall. there doesn't seem to be any type of support behind the plate. the plate is a 6 1/2" square. It 'clipped' on to the piece still in the wall. Any ideas? I would have hoped that the plate was 'universal', but aparently that is not the case.
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By not universal, do you mean that you have checked with the vendors in the area to find that what they have will not suit?
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The vinyl accessory you are referring to is called a "mounting block", and they come in several sizes. You can't just get the snap ring, you have to replace the entire thing... unless you are lucky enough to buy one that would happen to just fit. You should be able to easily locate a replacement at any box store or lumber yard that sells vinyl siding. To better mount the light so that this doesn't happen again, you should get a 3/4 x 4" round exterior location electrical box. Your new "mounting block" will likely have a round cutout pattern on the back of it that you can score with a knife and remove. Once you install the new mounting block onto the house, install the round electrical box into the opening and screw it to the sheathing. Now your light will have something solid to screw to.

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