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Old 09-07-2019, 04:54 PM
 
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Is it OK to use one of those winged outlet boxes on regular siding? I bought an outdoor outlet kit with the in-use cover, and it sticks out like 8" from the wall. I'd prefer to have the electrical box in the wall and cover out, but I don't want to cut a big hole to attempt a stud mount. In addition to the in-use cover, I'll caulk around whatever I install.

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Old 09-07-2019, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Yes; electricians do it all the time.
It's much easier to use an "old work j-box" on lap siding because you don't want to mount the box and end up with the lap running right thru the middle! Makes mounting a fixture quite difficult!

The "better" box for that is the box that has the metal "spring out" wings, not the plastic ones that "turn out" with a screw.
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Old 09-08-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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I would use a die cast aluminum exterior box and neatly cut out the siding so the bad mounts directly to the sheathing. The projection would be minimum and those exterior boxes hold up well to the elements and look better than PVC boxes IMO.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:01 PM
 
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Is it OK to use one of those winged outlet boxes on regular siding? I bought an outdoor outlet kit with the in-use cover, and it sticks out like 8" from the wall. I'd prefer to have the electrical box in the wall and cover out, but I don't want to cut a big hole to attempt a stud mount. In addition to the in-use cover, I'll caulk around whatever I install.

Thanks.
Is this a new install or are you trying to bring a existing box out flush to the siding? If youíre just trying to bring a existing box put just use a outdoor rated extension ring and put the weatherproof cover over the extension. I use those oscillator tool to cut the hole big enough so it al fits in flush. Then I just caulk around the extension box lip where it is flush to the siding.

If itís a new install are the wires coming in from inside the house?
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Old Today, 05:54 AM
 
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Why not a box cover/ring? I've replaced the old style individual metal flip ones with this plastic version that has a rubber accordion to fit a plug and still close around it.

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