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    I prefer metal boxes just for the drywall cutting aspect. The easiest way to install drywall is to cut it with a rotozip or similar while it is screwed to the wall over the boxes. Metal boxes I can cut around perfectly, plastic boxes are touch and go. Since I don't do it often enough to develop a feel for it, I like the metal boxes. I also like them for the other reasons stated too. I still use plastic, especially "old" work boxes, but in general I'd prefer metal.

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    Default yeah, but

    Yeah. Me and the other three guys made the decision to install platic boxes in 98% of the houses built since 1980.

    That was not the question. The question was, WHY did you do it if it was for some reason other than price. AND labor being one factor in the price.

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    The question was, WHY did you do it if it was for some reason other than price
    Ya lost me pal.

    Why did I do what???

    I thought the question was metal or plastic and I thought I answered it.



    I didn't know rated fan boxes came in plastic
    The plastic fan boxes straddle...stradle....straddel....go around the ceiling joist and you screw thru them into the joist.

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    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/imag...lies/smile.gif
    stradĚdle (strdl)
    v. stradĚdled, stradĚdling, stradĚdles
    v.tr.
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    a. To stand or sit with a leg on each side of; bestride: straddle a horse.
    b. To be on both sides of; extend over or across: a car straddling the centerline.
    2. To appear to favor both sides of (an issue).
    3. To fire shots behind and in front of (a target) in order to determine the range.
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    1. To walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart, especially to sit astride.
    2. To spread out in a disorderly way; sprawl.
    3. To appear to favor both sides of an issue.
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    1. The act or posture of sitting astride.
    2. An equivocal or a noncommittal position.
    3. The option to buy or sell a specific asset, such as a block of stock, at a predetermined price before a certain date.
    Idiom:
    straddle the fence Informal
    To be undecided or uncommitted.

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    I only use metal boxes because I am a craftsman. And I do not feel comfortable using plastic wall boxes with armored cable.

    Make sure all your boxes are accessible. We don''t want to see these things behind drywall without an access panel.

    One of the benefits of a suspended ceiling in a basement...
    Last edited by Ian Gills; 01-17-2009 at 06:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    I only use metal boxes because I am a craftsman. ...
    Whatever....

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchie View Post
    I didn't know rated fan boxes came in plastic.

    Huh. Learn something new every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    I only use metal boxes because I am a craftsman. And I do not feel comfortable using plastic wall boxes with armored cable.
    I'm pretty sure you can't use plastic boxes with armored cable.
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    I use alot of metal...and plastic.

    It depends.
    rgsgww

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchie View Post
    I'm pretty sure you can't use plastic boxes with armored cable.
    If you use a bonding bushing your good to go.

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    They make plastic boxes with normal round k/o's? I only ever seen them with those rectangular tabs.

    ...learning all kinds of stuff on his thread.




    What's a bonding bushing look like?
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    while banging away on brass with a chisel and hammer...

    it smells like......victory......

    do not hit your thumb...
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