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Old 07-24-2017, 09:52 AM  
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I'm trying to add an outlet to the island and wondering what kind of electrical box should I get? Plastic or metal? There's many kinds when I was at home depot. I believe I should get the one with mounting ears I suppose. Is that right? And how deep of it do I need? What else do I need to consider?


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Since the hole is cut, get one that will fill the hole. Metal or plastic is your choice, though is the wire coming up from below just a piece of Romex or is it in a piece of flex conduit?

You will need a box that can be screwed to the plywood so ears or an old work box with flip out tabs.


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Since the hole is cut, get one that will fill the hole. Metal or plastic is your choice, though is the wire coming up from below just a piece of Romex or is it in a piece of flex conduit?

You will need a box that can be screwed to the plywood so ears or an old work box with flip out tabs.
It is just a piece of romex. What kind of depth should I need? Just enough to make it through the hole?
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I use the plastic box like this and I tale off the swing out clamps and throw them away and use 4 small drywall screws in the 4 holes to hold it to the wood.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/1-Gang-14...14RB/202197958

or a steel box like this and remove the expanding side clamps and toss them and use 4 screws.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/2-1-2-in-...-506/205422135

Never cut the hole until you have the box and can make it just the size you need.
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You're probably going to have to cut the inside ply away for the romex connector to fit, if you select the metal box. The plastic box does need a connector because they are formed with retainers.
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You're probably going to have to cut the inside ply away for the romex connector to fit, if you select the metal box. The plastic box does need a connector because they are formed with retainers.
I assume you meant "doesn't" need a connector on the plastic box.


With the hole already cut, you're going to need to find a box to fill it. The plywood might be a bit thick for an old work plastic box with the swing out clips.
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It is just a piece of romex. What kind of depth should I need? Just enough to make it through the hole?
If you only have one piece of Romex, the box won't need to be super deep.
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I assume you meant "doesn't" need a connector on the plastic box.
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With the hole already cut, you're going to need to find a box to fill it. The plywood might be a bit thick for an old work plastic box with the swing out clips.
See post #4.


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