Broken blue electrical boxes

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susanmartin7007
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Broken blue electrical boxes

Post by susanmartin7007 » Thu May 29, 2014 6:26 pm

I have a 1970's home that has several ceiling light fixtures that are lopsided because of the two screw holes in each blue electrical box, one is broken completely off. Also, someone before me put really long screws in the fixture itself to hold it to the ceiling. Now that I want to replace these sloppy, dented light fixtures, I can't reuse the blue boxes because the screw holes are broken. Is there anyway to solve this problem without climbing in the attic and messing with the electrical wires?

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Re: Broken blue electrical boxes

Post by Shannon » Thu May 29, 2014 8:29 pm

Can you drill new holes in the boxes and refasten them maybe?
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Re: Broken blue electrical boxes

Post by susanmartin7007 » Thu May 29, 2014 9:43 pm

Hmmm... I guess if I did what the last person did and used really long screws that just went from the fixture all all the way through the electrical box and into the wood. Wouldn't it be difficult to avoid hitting the electrical wires since I can't see up in there when I am screwing it all in?

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Re: Broken blue electrical boxes

Post by Shannon » Thu May 29, 2014 10:55 pm

Ya i would just try to secure the box itself.
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Re: Broken blue electrical boxes

Post by susanmartin7007 » Fri May 30, 2014 11:16 am

The boxes are secured tightly. It's the light fixtures that screw into the blue boxes that are loose because the two screw receiver holes in the blue boxes are broken off so there is nothing to hold the light fixture to the blue box.

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Re: Broken blue electrical boxes

Post by Shannon » Fri May 30, 2014 2:41 pm

Oh, I misunderstood ,sorry!
I have never come across that, I think you should replace the boxes, i know that is not a fun job but it would be best.
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Re: Broken blue electrical boxes

Post by susanmartin7007 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:46 pm

Thanks Shannon. I thought that might be your answer. Have an awesome week.

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