How to Install a Single-Gang Switch Box in Drywall

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One of the hardest things to do is install an outlet box after your drywall is already installed. Install a single-gang switch box in drywall with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement. And today, I'm going to talk to you about how to install a single-gang switch box in drywall. One of the hardest things to do is install an outlet box after your drywall is already installed. But they've come up with a new box that you can actually put into the wall and secure it to the drywall without having to secure it to a stud. For this job, I'm going to be using a Sawzall, if you have a keyhole saw, that woks too. A battery powered drill with a Phillips tip bit, a new wing box and a pencil. These wing boxes are designed to be installed on already installed drywall. You slide it into the hole that you cut out. And when you start to tighten this screw down, it flips this wing up and compresses the drywall in between the front lip and the wing. So to get started, we're going to take our box, put it onto the wall where we ant our new switch to go. Make sure it's plumb in level and we're going to outline with our pencil. Now we're going to take our saw and cut out the drywall. After your holes' cut out, go ahead and take your box and slide it into the hole. Then we're going tot take our drill and tighten up these screws. Now you have a flush mounted box to your drywall that any cover plate will cover. It's important to make sure you know what's behind your drywall. Make sure you're not cutting into any water or electrical lines. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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