I cut a hole for the new
junction box, disconnect the wires in the old j-box, and
re-route the cable to the new remodel box, and filled in the
2-3 (Basic to Moderate)
Bruce W. Maki,
While installing cabinets I realized that a custom wood
partition was going to end up in the middle of an outlet.
Rather than modify the cabinet I decided to move the outlet.
|The homeowner had to go and buy an old work
junction box, also called a remodel box.
I laid out the location for the new box, making sure there
were no studs nearby. Then I cut the hole with a
|The new hole was just a few inches away from the
Then I pulled the wires from the old box, (yes, the power
was off) and let them dangle from the new hole.
|I used a piece of 1x2 scrap, about 3 times as
long as the hole, for a backing board. I used drywall screws
to hold the board in place.
Getting to this point was a lot harder than meets the eye. First
I had to remove the old plastic junction box from the first hole. It
took a few minutes of wrestling with a reciprocating saw and a
prybar to cut the nails that held the rascal to the stud. It finally
fell down inside the wall cavity.
The next step was to feed the wires into the old work box and
install the box in the new hole.
A small scrap of drywall was used to fill in the hole. I
bevelled the edges for a better fit.
Next I covered the patch with drywall joint compound. It
ultimately took three coats, over three days, because the
pre-mixed joint compound shrunk so much.
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What's New Project
- Cordless Drill/Driver
- Drywall Saw
- Reciprocating saw
- Pry Bar
- Electrical Tools
- "Old Work"
- Small Block Of Wood
- Drywall Screws