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In my mobile home I have a wall plug in, I realized when the manufacturer put it in they glued it in. Now there isn't any were to screw it in. So how to find.
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  • Kasapres Kasapres on Sep 23, 2015
    After turning off the power at the main breaker box (not just at the switch), pull the receptacle and mounting box away from the wall to give yourself room to work. Insert two 1/2 inch by 3 inch by 7or 8 inch strips of wood--one each at top and bottom of the existing hole (parallel to the floor)---leaving enough of a reveal to attach the mounting box. Secure the strips to the inside of the wall with construction adhesive (Tip: A drywall screw in the middle of each strip makes a good finger hold). Holding the strips securely against the inside of the drywall, insert drywall screws through the both the wallboard and the strips about 1 1/2 inch from each side of the opening to secure the strips.(Tip: You may want to pre-drill the holes in the strips so as not to split the wood). Once everything is secure, pre-drill the appropriate holes then re-mount the box and the receptacle. Patch the screw holes with drywall compound, reinstall the switch cover and you're done.
  • Gary Harglerode Gary Harglerode on Sep 24, 2015
    Make sure the power is turned of at the fuse box/breaker panel. Be sure and note configuration of wires (White-neutral, Black- hot, green or copper- ground) Disconnect wires. Purchase an "old work" box, push wire through back and install in the wall opening. The screw tightens a clamp that secures the box to the drywall. Rewire the receptacle, and install the cover plate. You're done!
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    • Kasapres Kasapres on Sep 26, 2015
      Although I mentioned drywall in my reply, it should be noted that most walls in mobile homes are little more than 1/4 or 3/8 inch compressed paper board---which is likely not substantial enough to support the 'old work boxes' even with the clamp fully tightened. That said, if you could find a way to additionally secure the box with several nuts and bolts with washers, the old boxes would indeed work.
  • Angelique Farmer Angelique Farmer on Sep 24, 2015
    We are going thru this right now. The answers above are how my husband addressed it. It was much easier for us because we had to do a total gut job on all of the floors and drywall so access wasn't a problem!
  • Mark Mark on Sep 24, 2015
    Fix the screw threads with a PEM insert. Inexpensive and immediate; or glue in a new box.
  • Mark Mark on Sep 24, 2015
    Better yet - use a rivet nut. McMaster-Carr has them. http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-rivet-nuts/=z2x0q8
  • Renata Renata on Sep 24, 2015
    Listen to Gary..I've never heard of gluing in an electrical box ! Crazy if u ask me ..R u sure they glued it in or is that just insulation caulk after installing?
  • Rich Rich on Nov 29, 2016
    Gary Harglarode had the correct answer, but if the opening in the wall is too big to catch the tabs you can buy what are known as "Madison Clips" which hold the box against the inside of the wall opening.
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