Loose Electrical Box
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I am about to replace a carriage light on the exterior of our brick home.  The box is loose enough that it can be pulled out.  I did some looking on the web, and it seems one solution is to mortar it back into place.  Surely there is a quicker and easier way to tackle this issue.  I was thinking about using some construction adhesive.  Does anyone have any other thoughts on how to handle it?  I will use mortar if need be, but I really hate go get a bag of mortar mix (even a small bag) and deal with all the clean up and disposal of that for such a small job. 

Matt
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  Re: Loose Electrical Box by matthewstimp (I am about to replac...)
(07-31-2019, 03:02 PM)matthewstimp Wrote: I am about to replace a carriage light on the exterior of our brick home.  The box is loose enough that it can be pulled out.  I did some looking on the web, and it seems one solution is to mortar it back into place.  Surely there is a quicker and easier way to tackle this issue.  I was thinking about using some construction adhesive.  Does anyone have any other thoughts on how to handle it?  I will use mortar if need be, but I really hate go get a bag of mortar mix (even a small bag) and deal with all the clean up and disposal of that for such a small job. 

Matt

Construction adhesive sounds good,  try not to get it all over the wires or connections.  You may be able to put wedges in place to hold it along with the adhesive until it sets.  Roly
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  Re: Loose Electrical Box by matthewstimp (I am about to replac...)
I may get flamed, but what about spray foam in a can. Just make sure you have enough wire in the box. Tape/mask off the brick.
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  Re: RE: Loose Electrical Box by toolmiser (I may get flamed, bu...)
(07-31-2019, 09:37 PM)toolmiser Wrote: I may get flamed, but what about spray foam in a can.  Just make sure you have enough wire in the box.  Tape/mask off the brick.

+1
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  Re: RE: Loose Electrical Box by toolmiser (I may get flamed, bu...)
(07-31-2019, 09:37 PM)toolmiser Wrote: I may get flamed, but what about spray foam in a can.  Just make sure you have enough wire in the box.  Tape/mask off the brick.

         It will work. Foam in a can is what holds replacement windows in brick houses since you really can't get too many screws in as the studs are way inward of the window. 99% of houses here are brick and yeah they are not fun to work on and are a poor building material choice for our climate.
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  Re: Loose Electrical Box by matthewstimp (I am about to replac...)
You can get mortar repair material in small quantities:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Quikrete-20-.../100318469
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  Re: RE: Loose Electrical Box by toolmiser (I may get flamed, bu...)
(07-31-2019, 09:37 PM)toolmiser Wrote: I may get flamed, but what about spray foam in a can.  Just make sure you have enough wire in the box.  Tape/mask off the brick.

I saw this suggestion, too. 

Might go for this option over the adhesive. 

Matt
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  Re: Loose Electrical Box by matthewstimp (I am about to replac...)
Don't the home improvement places carry caulking tubes of concrete/mortar repair material? I might prefer it over foam because of bugs.
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  Re: Loose Electrical Box by matthewstimp (I am about to replac...)
What is behind the box
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  Re: RE: Loose Electrical Box by Stwood_ ([quote='toolmiser' p...)
(07-31-2019, 09:59 PM)Stwood_ Wrote: +1

Me two.
John

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