Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 26
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jamest Some challenges
This “old work box” can be a handy, affordable solution when you need to quickly install a switch, outlet or thermostat in an existing wall. There are a few challenges the buyer should be aware of. I found the cut out accuracy is very important when using this type box. Recently when my cut out was a little tight and I tighten down on the two diagonally opposing plastic tabs to achieve a secure, firm fit the box warped so it is was no longer flush. I have also had trouble with the plastic tabs braking when over tightened. After I enlarged the cut out the box installed correctly and securely.
September 1, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JayG Unacceptable Quality
They've cheapened it. The screws that operate the wings are not threaded into the wing far enough, making them almost impossible to use. If enough pressure is placed against the screw to keep the screwdriver from slipping, the stops at the front edge of the box collapse and the box disappears into the wall. To use it you have to run the screws in, first, to cut threads, while holding the box in your hand, an almost impossible job.
This box used to work. Now a standard box, used with Madison bars is faster and easier. They saved a fraction of a cent and cost me several dollars worth of time if I try to use it. Not cost effective
October 17, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by GLXYZ Need to Use Lubricant on the Screws
I've used this box successfully over the years for many projects. However the recent boxes I purchase were very difficult to install. The screws for securing the box are extremely tight. It is impossible to screws them all the way in without stripping the heads since they thread into overly tight holes in the plastic tabs. I finally manage to get these to work by spraying some teflon lubricant on the screws.
May 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by brian They work great
These are sold for what the price is, also there is plenty of room if you have a few sheets of drywall. They go in tight and work on switches and also for regular outlets. If not obvious, only use these if you dont plan on knocking down the wall, they are used if you want to put it in an existing wall.
May 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by VGVG1 Very useful product
I purchased this to add an extra outlet in the existing drywall. The box was relatively easy to install and is very sturdy. It seems as solid as a box that is nailed into the studs. I doubt that the drywall would rip out when yanking a plug out. This product saved me a LOT of trouble! I would highly recommend this product.
November 24, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kjonesel Got the job done
Easy to install and a durable product. Very competitively priced.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer Easy to install outlet box
I love using these boxes where I have to install a new outlet in drywall in a place where I know I won't have a stud to screw it to. The little wings seen behind the two corner screws, lie flat against the outlet box during installation and then turn out 90 degrees and pull in to hold the box in the wall when you tighten the two screws. Ingenious design!
February 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Love these boxes
They're inexpensive, easy to use and once installed they're rock solid. I've used hundreds of these and never had one fail. A tip: When using 12 gauge Romex pre-bend the tabs in to ease passing the cable through.
May 30, 2014