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#27857 - 08/04/03 08:53 AM Dimensions of standard American box
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How high, wide and deep is a standard American (in wall) box for a receptacle or switch?

How far apart are the mounting screws?
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#27858 - 08/04/03 09:49 AM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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depends on the amount of fill?
mountings screws 3 1/4" apart.
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#27859 - 08/04/03 10:31 AM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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Here is a website that lists and sells all types of metal boxes for wiring devices.
http://www.capeelectric.com/marion/catalog/raco/
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#27860 - 08/04/03 10:42 AM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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Thanks!

I didn't realise you had different types.
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#27861 - 08/04/03 11:13 AM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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The link to "Thomas & Betts", manufacturer of the "Steel City" brand is
http://tnbelectricalworld.tnb.com/ps/con/ . Click on PRODUCT on the left or use the items in the grey box on the right to search the catalog. (They have some measurements in the catalog.)

The image below is from Pass & Seymour; one can use the measurements from this to figure out some of the measurements of the device box. (On second thought, perhaps not...)


For Pass and Seymour information, visit http://www.passandseymour.com/ and click on "Downloads."

P. S. The "average" metal box size is 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide. Depth can be from 1 1/2 inches to 3 1/2 inches.

[This message has been edited by ThinkGood (edited 08-04-2003).]
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#27862 - 08/04/03 04:07 PM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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NOw you can argue over whether they pictured that duplex receptacle upside down or not.... <Exits hastily, duck & cover>
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#27863 - 08/04/03 04:38 PM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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Right! Not so fast, you!
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#27864 - 08/04/03 05:43 PM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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Upside Down !!
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#27865 - 08/04/03 07:19 PM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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It's all relative. It depends on the orientation of the right-angle moulded plug belonging to the appliance you want to connect.

The position of the receptacle pictured would be perfect for my icebox's plug were I to have vertical receptacles in my flat.
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#27866 - 08/04/03 08:41 PM Re: Dimensions of standard American box
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Hey,

I think it depends on whether you're in the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern...and if you're right on the Equator, you can use non-grounding receptacles!

Cliff
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