How to Attach a Light Fixture Junction Box to Wall

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    • 1). Cut a 2 by 4 to the length of the space between the two wall studs where you want your junction box placed.

    • 2). Mark the height where you want the bottom of the junction box, then measure 1 1/2 inches down and make another mark. Cut a 4-inch long piece of 2 by 4 and line its top up at this second mark and nail it in place. Cut and attach another one at the same height on the next stud.

    • 3). Place your longer cut 2 by 4 on top of these two to create a shelf to support your light fixture. Nail it onto the tops of the two 4-inch pieces.

    • 4). Position the junction box where you want it along the shelf so the side with nail holes is flat against the wood. Position the box so the front edge is flush with the drywall when it is restored; generally about 3/4 inch in front of the wall studs--a little too far back is better than too far forward.

    • 5). Nail the junction box in place with the nails provided with the box. If it did not come with nails, select nails that will fit through the nail holes or slots in the box and are long enough to go at least 5/8 inch into the wood to hold it securely.

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