07:09AM | 10/17/00
Member Since: 10/16/00
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I'm in the process relocating a 3way switch and wanted to know if it's necessary to use an electrical switch box in the wall or can I just hook up the switch and tuck the wiring directly into the wall? This is on an internal wall with no insulation at the mounting point. Are the boxes more for fire prevention or wiring convenience?


02:20PM | 10/17/00
Member Since: 02/13/00
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The boxes are REQUIRED by code. This is mostly a fire containment issue. If there is a spark, it will be contained within the box. Since they are so easy to install (and they have screw holes for the switch mounting), give yourself some peace of mind and install the box.


07:51AM | 10/24/00
Member Since: 09/14/00
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You might be thinking you need to install a new contstruction box that would have to be nailed to a stud. There are other types of boxes available called retrofit boxes. Using one of these would not require you to put a hole in the wall any larger than the size of the box. Ask about the different types of retrofit boxes at your Home Depot or whereever you can get electrical supplies.

You absolutely need a box!!!

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