Cutting hole in plaster ceiling for outlet


Old 12-05-07, 12:07 PM
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I have a small lightweight flourescent ceiling light to install in a plaster ceiling (house from 1954). I have a round blue plastic fixture box for the electrical. The wiring is in place and ready to go. My question is: can I use a hole saw on plaster without destroying the ceiling? also...what size hole saw (I have a set of them)?

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Old 12-05-07, 03:55 PM
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I use a 4 1/4" hole saw on my drill to cut for round boxes. Make sure you aren't cutting directly into a joist, or into plumbing/electrical, etc when you make your cut. You could possibly cut it with a sheetrock saw, but the hole saw in a drill takes a nano second by comparison, and it is neat looking. Also, figure out how you will be supporting this fixture, if by a spanner box or with lumber.
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Some (if not all) florescent light fixtures allow you to do the wiring inside the light. You would just need to put a clamp on the wire running into the fixture.

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