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Old 10-11-2017, 07:19 AM   #1
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Leveling For Crooked Ceiling Boxes


Pulling ceiling fixtures, reveals that the boxes were installed extremely crooked, mounted up to a full 1/2" off on a side where the other is almost flush.

The new fixtures have a pair of those ultra-tiny pebble retainers at less than 1/8". If I try to lengthen their screws, they are at too far an off angle.

The old fixtures didn't have this problem since they had a central deep brass retainer.

I've noticed that washers for a build up aren't the best option - the wider ones won't fit due to the drywall edge and the smaller ones won't give a firm base for the mounting plate to sit on.

What else is out there that could be used besides a big hammer?
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plastic spacers ( sold in the electrical section). cut and fold to thickness you need. they would go on the screws, behind the plate to get it flush.

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No 12 wire twisted around your #2 Phillips screwdriver shaft. Cut to length.
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1/8" clear tubing cut to length
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Tear the box out, install it level.

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Tear the box out, install it level.

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Use a Cat D9 to level the structure and rebuild it.
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What about first installing one of those pivot-swivel brackets to the ceiling box, and bending the leg of the outer short side away from the celing so that the outside face of the pivot is parallel to the face of the sheetrock.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Westingho...1400/204836016

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Just storm off the job and tell them you didn't sign up for this kind of crap.
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