Sometimes an electric outlet or switch box has to go between a couple of studs that are so close together, there’s no room for a hammer or a drill bit. In this case, I reach for a C-clamp. As shown in the drawing, a clamp can be used to squeeze a nail into the stud. For good bearing, 1 use roofing nails during this operation. Occasionally, I find it’s necessary to drill holes in the side of the box for the nails.
Dave Kohler, Clarks Summit, PA
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #68
You have got to be kidding. There are UL listed boxes with side screws that will mount perfectly in this situation. This tip belongs in the 1930 edition.