I have several "SuperBlue" electrical boxes. These are very sturdy boxes and have the most room (cubic inches) possible without being too deep to fit in a stud space.

However my question is: If code says we must staple wire to the center of studs and drill holes in the center to avoid using metal nailing plates...what do I do when my box is literally 1/4" from being the same depth as my 2x4 interior walls? We all know the wires enter at the very rear end of the electrical box, meaning I have wires well past that safety point of drywall screws at electrical box locations.

Is this acceptable?

  • "We all know the wires enter at the very rear end of the electrical box" [citation needed]. In the UK boxes often have knockouts for top, left, bottom, right and back entry. Not all box types have all knockouts, but if I wanted a particular knockout I could find a box that gave it to me.
    – AndyT
    Sep 4, 2017 at 14:41
  • I don't think the code addresses this. However, most receptacles are mounted only a foot or so off the floor. It's not likely folks will be hanging pictures/decorations that low on the wall, so the cables should be safe. Switches might be in a bit more danger, but since they're typically near a doorway, they're probably mostly out of the way of danger.
    – Tester101
    Sep 5, 2017 at 14:16

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Yes, that is acceptable. If you think there's a particular danger to that one wire (cabinetry/trim going on the other side), you can always install a 4x6 nail plate over it.

  • So...basically use common sense when hanging drywall around the back side of these super deep boxes? I'd rather not install nail plates over every interior wall receptacle. I do not see anything in code talking about the wire entering the back of the box? I found code talking about how much a box can be recessed...but nothing about backside clearance.
    – CCCBuilder
    Sep 4, 2017 at 13:03
  • You are correct, on all those assumptions.
    – NPM
    Sep 4, 2017 at 15:22

You may be misunderstanding the rules. They're not saying you can't exit a wire near a wall. They're saying if you do, use a nail plate.

  • I get that. But what does code say about boxes that are literally 1/4" within the back side of the stud? Acceptable?
    – CCCBuilder
    Sep 5, 2017 at 3:51

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