How to Install an Electrical Box on a Metal Stud Wall

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Installing an electrical box on a metal stud wall will require a commercial grade plastic approved box. Install an electrical box on a metal stud wall with help from a longtime electrical contractor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm George Argo with Argo Electrical Services and I am The Surge Protector Guy. And today, we're going to talk about how to install an electrical box on a metal stud wall. Now, obviously we're in my work shed, so I don't have a metal stud here. But what I do have, is a commercial grade plastic approved box. And you can see, this guy right here has got a piece on the stud, to where you can slide it right up to it, its got four screw holes. It's even got a line, so you can center the height of your box from the floor. On the back, it's got two protective studs, and what that does, is it mounts right against the sheet rock on the back side and it keeps the box from flapping in the wall. It's also got an extra spot over here, so when your sheet rock installer comes over, all he's got to do, is run his router or hand cut all the way around. And the sheet rock will actually slide right up to that spot. And you've got five-eighth of an inch, which is what most commercial grade sheet rock is. I also have a deep 1900 junction box, 1900 is actually an order number, but this is a four by four square box and it's deeper than you normal box. It's got half inch knockouts all the way around it. Now, this guy would slide right up to the edge of your stud and you have to use a plaster ring to get it out, away from the way, as far as you would. Your plaster rings can go anywhere from three-quarter of an inch, one inch, down to an eighth or a quarter of an inch. Those two screws would hold the plaster ring. I like the metal boxes myself, but this is a very sturdy box and it works very well. Again, I'm George Argo with Argo Electrical Services, and I am The Surge Protector Guy. And you just watched how to install an electrical box on a metal stud wall.

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