- Q.What are the choices for
putting new switch and outlet boxes in old walls? Any hints for
attaching the boxes?
A. Remodel boxes, or
remodeler straps, also called "chicken legs" or "turkey legs"
(Figure 4), are helpful for putting new boxes in old walls. The
remodel boxes come in plastic or metal. The plastic ones have
ears that lie flat against the box as you place the box into a
hole in the wall. Then, by turning screws from the front of the
box, the ears turn out from the box and catch the inside of the
wall. This places pressure from behind the box, and the flange
on the front of the box holds the box firmly in place. The
metal version works on the same principle, but will not flex or
distort as the plastic box can.