How to Install an Electrical Box in 4 Easy Steps?
The electrical box is a special casing that keeps your electrical outlet safe. This electrical outlet is the connector between the wiring points in your home and the primary power source, helping your whole electrical system run properly.
There are usually enough electrical boxes in your home when you move in, but you might need to install new ones according to your needs, so it’s important to know how to do it professionally.
Here are the steps you need to follow in carrying out the installation successfully.
1. Pick the location of the electrical box
Modern plastic electrical boxes are very convenient. You can instal them wherever you want. However, you must consider the necessity of the electrical box: if you need if for a light switch, then you should place it higher on the wall, but if it is necessary for an outlet, then you should set it 8 to 10 inches from the floor.
2. Cut a hole in the drywall
Once you know your exact location, you should start preparing for the hole in the wall. Place the box with it opening against the wall, use a torpedo level to keep it straight and trace around the opening with a pencil. After you complete tracing the outline you can use a drywall saw to start making the whole. Start from the top corner of the outline and start sawing downwards, it should run smoothly. When you finish, remove the piece of drywall and clean up the hole.
3. Install the wire
Pull the wire to your location and thread it into the electrical box after removing the tabs in the back of the box. The cable will hit the end of the box when inserted, so bend the box down so that the wire will also be bent and more comfortable to pull through. Pay attention to leave around six inches of the cable outside the box.
4. Attach the box to the drywall
Carefully put the box inside the hole and observe the location of the screws. There are usually two screws, one up and one down, that will secure the box on the wall using some tabs. After you have set the electrical box in the hole, screw in these screws and the tabs will pop up and do their job, tightening against the wall.
That’s all you need to do, and it’s that easy to install an electrical box in your home. All you need is the right tools and some patience.