Replacing Box - Tips to Make it Easier

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Old 11-20-19, 08:33 AM
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Replacing Box - Tips to Make it Easier

I am replacing a 1-gang box with a 2-gang. There are 2 NM cables that enter from the top and one from the bottom. The cable is from 1986, so the sheath appears to be a bit thicker. Is there any trick to feeding the wires into the box? I'm having so much trouble doing this, and I don't know if I should start from the top or bottom. I was thinking about wrapping electrical tape around the conductors to make them pull more easily through the box. I know this shouldn't be a hard job, but I seem to be struggling with it.
 
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Old 11-20-19, 08:39 AM
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I like to get the cables started into the box before I nail the box into place.
 
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Old 11-20-19, 06:54 PM
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Since the 2g box will have clamps vs the single gang with open knockouts, assuming a plastic box, you will have to insert the conductors in the clamps and pull until the sheath is under the clamp. You may be able to push one side into the box and pull the last cable in after the box is in place.
 
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Old 11-21-19, 04:52 AM
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Hi, taping the ends of the cables and at the sheath will make it easier, I donít believe there is anything magical that is going to make it easier, just get creative.
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Old 11-21-19, 05:54 AM
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possibly use a metal box with cables in the back; using plastic push thru locking bushings. This opens up the sides for clearance to the finished wall.
 
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