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#36011 - 03/27/04 08:53 PM How do you install boxes?  
Edward  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 308
How do you guys install plastic nail on device boxes? And how do you make sure that it lines upperfectly with the drywall(1/2 or 5/8)
Do you measure your height and line up the box then hammer in the nails? Or have other easier methods of doing it?



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#36012 - 03/27/04 10:08 PM Re: How do you install boxes?  
Megawatt  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 76
Lexington,Ky, USA
If you are doing an entire house, I would make a "Story Pole" & use it to mark up all of your box locations first.
Most boxes have lines, ridges, or some type of mark for each thickness of sheetrock, so line up the mark with the face of the stud and nail away. I have also kept a small piece(1 1/2 " by 3")of sheetrock in my pocket to hold against the face of the stud while nailing up. A bit awkward, but does work if the marks or ridges aren't easy to see.

#36013 - 03/28/04 10:27 AM Re: How do you install boxes?  
rizer  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 91
bradenton ,fl.,usa
the story pole is definetly the way to go:cut a 2x4 to the height of the bottom of your box height; then scab on a piece of plywood the thickness of the drywall in such a way that you can put the story pole against the stud and accomplish both tasks simultaneously.

#36014 - 03/28/04 10:33 AM Re: How do you install boxes?  
Tom  Offline
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Posts: 1,044
Shinnston, WV USA
For receptacles, I usually use my hammer handle as a gauge. Once I have the box positioned, I clamp it in place with a set of C grips (vice grips with a large C shaped opening).

Don't forget to check if the stud is square with the top & bottom plate. If the stud is twisted, the far side of your box can end up sticking out of the drywall.

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#36015 - 03/28/04 04:28 PM Re: How do you install boxes?  
jbfan  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 69
Newnan, GA
I use a peice of 1/2 inch mdf with a notch cut out to hold the box and then cut to length. As long as the floor is level they all come out the same height. Set it against the stud and nail.

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#36016 - 03/28/04 05:02 PM Re: How do you install boxes?  
walrus  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 680
Bangor Me. USA
Carlon makes adjustable boxes, no one uses them???

#36017 - 03/28/04 06:14 PM Re: How do you install boxes?  
Edward  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 308
I have just installed my first CARLON Adj. Boxes. The drywall is not finished yet so i havn't tried them. I think they should work great as far as the depth of the sheetrock.



#36018 - 03/28/04 07:37 PM Re: How do you install boxes?  
Attic Rat  Offline
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Posts: 524
Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... I use the adjustable boxes when there is sheetrock and tiling involved...just mount the box,..extend it out all the way,let the drywall and tile guy do their thing, then come back and adjust the depth..It makes installing boxes for tiled walls fool-proof..they may cost a little more,but it's sure worth it... [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

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#36019 - 03/28/04 08:17 PM Re: How do you install boxes?  
Jeff N  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 13
Nantucket Ma.
We use the adjustable boxes for back splash areas and tile, a little expensive to use everywhere. They work great.

#36020 - 03/28/04 08:39 PM Re: How do you install boxes?  
Edward  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 308
But, what is procedure for measuring height and installing/nailing boxes?
Measure line up to the mark then hammer?
I have noticed some people use a self made jig.
How do you make sure that all your boxes are exactly at the same heigh. Especially when you have a tiled kitchen backsplash



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