- Mar 29, 2018 -
When installing an electrical boxes in a wall cavity there are some new tools that make cutting the wall materials very simple and cause much less damage to the area around the hole that you are about to cut.
Unlike using a reciprocating saw, that shakes the wall materials, especially if you have plaster walls with wood lathes behind them. Using a vibrating cutoff tool is much nicer for the job and creates a cleaner, perfect sized hole for installing the electrical box.
Now as far as the box itself, newly designed electrical boxes may be made of metal or plastic, but they have wings that either flip out or expand as the screws are tightened to secure them to the back of the wall that you are installing the box in. This is easily tightened with a Phillips screwdriver and makes a secure electrical box for whatever the installation.
As a matter of fact, there is a tool that cuts drywall like using scissors. The tool is similar to metal snips that are used to cut metal like ductwork. Not only do carpenters cut drywall with this tool, it also cut tough board like cement board with ease.
Always plan the project in advance before cutting the hole. You need to do some planning, research, and physically examine the area to be used to install the box before starting the project. Things you should be looking for are ductwork, cables, other electrical wires, water lines, drain lines, gas lines, etc. You may be able to get an idea of what may be behind the wall by looking in the basement under the wall where you intend to add the box.
As for the box installation itself, be sure to draw straight lines to ensure a perfectly cut hole and a plumb installation of the box. there's nothing worse than a crooked electrical box to make the installation look a mess. By using a level to mark out the opening first, you should have no trouble installing an electrical box with ease.