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Old 2009-07-30, 11:12 AM
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Default Plastic Electrical Boxes?

I've been given permission from my builder to go into my house and run extra Cat5, Coax and Speaker Wire. I know that there's no way that coax will fit into a standard metal electrical box and I've heard of people using plastic boxes instead. What would be my best option to use in leu of the metal box on interior and exterior walls?

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Old 2009-07-30, 11:48 AM
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why won't a metal box work? it's no different in size from a plastic one.
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Old 2009-07-30, 11:55 AM
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Because the RG6 is far too thick to bend in the box. I was thinking that I could drill into the back of the plastic box to pull the coax through. Come to think of it, I guess I could use the metal plates I stead of a box and would completely resolve the issue. I just wonder if I can get a triple gang version?
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Old 2009-07-30, 12:50 PM
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Because the RG6 is far too thick to bend in the box. I was thinking that I could drill into the back of the plastic box to pull the coax through. Come to think of it, I guess I could use the metal plates I stead of a box and would completely resolve the issue. I just wonder if I can get a triple gang version?
RG6 should be able to fit in the box. get a box, plate, small piece of drywall and a plate and try it out.

I've never seen a triple gang drywall mounting plate.
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Old 2009-07-30, 12:52 PM
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Was just going to say...use the low voltage metal or plastic caddys.

Don't forget to install a VB behind the caddy that the insulation guys can tie into when installing the plates on an exterior wall.
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RG6 should be able to fit in the box. get a box, plate, small piece of drywall and a plate and try it out.

I've never seen a triple gang drywall mounting plate.
Looks like they make them in various sizes.

http://www.hometech.com/hts/products...age/index.html
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Old 2009-07-30, 01:01 PM
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Was just going to say...use the low voltage metal or plastic caddys.

Don't forget to install a VB behind the caddy that the insulation guys can tie into when installing the plates on an exterior wall.
Do you mean something like this - http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/s...k=P_PartNumber

I'm assuming that I just "push" the cables through it?

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Looks like they make them in various sizes.

http://www.hometech.com/hts/products...age/index.html
Thanks, I found that site as well. Now I just need to find somewhere in Hamilton that sells that kind of stuff, b/c I'm sure Home Depot won't have it or it will be stupid expensive.
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Old 2009-07-30, 07:09 PM
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I use metal mudrings from Caddy. The orange Carlon ones tend to be a problem for things like volume controls.

RG6 does fit in a metal box. You have to turn it when putting the face plate on in order to get it to fit.

Here's a couple of pictures of ones I have done. With a vapour and without.
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Old 2009-07-30, 07:36 PM
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Thanks Greg.
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Old 2009-07-30, 07:46 PM
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Greg, where do you buy the VB and mudrings?
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