Cold water pipe in my way of electrical box

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Cold water pipe in my way of electrical box

I am having an issue replacing an old vanity light. There wasn't a box behind the old light and normally I would just install an old work box but the cold water pipe runs right through the middle! What are my options? Any help is appreciated!
 
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Old 11-20-11, 05:46 PM
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You could use a pancake box. They are only 1/2" Deep. You will need to run a board (or plywood) behind it in the wall so you have something to attach it to.
 
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Old 11-20-11, 05:59 PM
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Some fixtures do not require a box. The housing itself is the box.

Can you post a pic of the fixture?
 
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Old 11-20-11, 06:06 PM
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Just curios are you sure it is the cold water pipe and not the vent pipe. Is it about 2" in diameter?
 
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it's deff a copper pipe going to the cold water for the bathroom sink. that is the old fixture in the picture...



I'm trying to install this light:

Shop Portfolio 4-Light Brushed Nickel Bathroom Vanity Light at Lowes.com
 

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Old 11-21-11, 05:27 AM
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Your new fixture will require a box. I think the pancake box is the way to go. You should be able to fit a furring strip in front of the pipe to secure the box to.
 
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Thanks alot.... What's a furring strip?

What's the best way to attach it looking at my picture?
 
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Old 11-21-11, 07:34 AM
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Furring strip is just a board really. Cut out a strip of Sheetrock between the studs. Install a 1X4 flush with the studs. A 1X4 may be too thick. If so use a strip of 1/2" or 3/8" plywood. Install new Sheetrock over the furring strip with a precut hole for the pancake box.

Fasten the furring strip to blocks screwed to the inside of the studs.
 

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I should be able to handle that.... Thanks!
 
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I used a 3/8 piece of pine with a 1/2 box , patch the drywall, looks great thanks!
 
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Old 12-07-11, 07:15 AM
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Thanks for the feedback. Glad to know it worked out for you.
 
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