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Types of Electrical Boxes: Old Work (New Construction) Metal Box
Old Work Metal Electrical Box
In the old-work box category, I recommend metal over plastic. Inserting old-work boxes into wallboard is a flimsy enough proposition; why compound the problem by going with plastic?

Metal old work boxes tighten against the drywall by means of Madison straps, a process described in About Electrical.

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