What type of electrical box should I get

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    likiud

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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? [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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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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    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-cu-in-Old-Work-Box-Case-of-150-B114RB/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...gable-with-Conduit-KO-s-16-Pack-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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    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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    If you only have one piece of Romex, the box won't need to be super deep.
     
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    3 screens and texting.


    See post #4.
     

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