Okay - Here is my question. I am installing a new three-light fixture above the bathroom sink in my new condo, and this is replacing an old three-light fixture. I turned off the power at the circuit breaker, tested to make sure it was not hot, removed the light bulbs, removed the fixture, and came to the base plate with the sockets. Turns out that the original builder actually welded the hot wires to the sockets, so rather than trying to "unweld" them, I just snipped them and removed the old base plate.
But now I am not sure what the proper was to mount the NEW base plate is. Should I just attach it to the wall (drywall) using anchors and/or molly bolts, or should I try to connect the base plate to the old junction box? The old box does not have many "holes" to screw the new base plate too, and even when I do, it is not holding it tightly. I therefore concluded that the stability/strength of the mount will need to come from attaching the plate directly to the wall, rather than to the junction box.
Question #2 - after I attach black to black and use a wire connector, and do the same with the whites and the grounds (leaving me with three wire connectors with two wires going into each, can I then secure the BOTTOM of the wire connector with electrical tape for added safety? My thinking is that htis way, if one of the wires HAPPENS to slip out of the connector, the electrical tape will keep it in place as a backup.
Can anyone answer/confirm my thoughts?
THanks - Jason ([email protected])
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