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?
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 - 03/28/0410:27 AMRe: How do you install boxes?
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 - 03/28/0410:33 AMRe: How do you install boxes?
... 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... Russ
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#36019 - 03/28/0408:17 PMRe: How do you install boxes?
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