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Electrical Junction Boxes for Home Wiring


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Can I use a Plastic Nail Box in the attic as a junction box? Selecting The Right Junction Box for Home Electrical Wiring Projects, Types of Junction Boxes for Home Electrical Wiring.

Junction Boxes for Home Electrical Wiring

Electrical Question: Can I use a Plastic Nail Box in the attic as a junction box?

This electrical wiring question came from: Michael, a Homeowner from Vancouver, Washington.

Additional Comments: I love your web site. I’m a competent in home repairs and I like to do things right. Your site helps me double check what I think I know about wiring.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Michael.

Selecting the Right Junction Box for Home Wiring Projects

Application: Installing a Junction Box.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Certified Electrician or Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Important: Burnt or damaged wiring and circuit components should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Repairs to Home Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require to have a permit and be inspected.

Junction Boxes for Home Electrical Wiring

Yes Michael, just locate the junction box in an accessible area as you have mentioned.
There are various sizes and styles of electrical junction boxes, and some are for a specific purpose or application. The size of a junction box will depend on the device that will be installed and how many wires will occupy the space.

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  1. Rob Hunkler says:

    I am planning on adding a ceiling light fixture and wall switch to an upstairs closet. My question is would the easiest power supply to tap into be an attic junction box in that immediate area or possibly a close wall outlet? Thanks for the information.

    Rob H.