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INFORMATION SHEET 12
COPYRIGHT 1989

POPULAR METAL BOXES: THEIR USE AND WIRE FILL CAPACITY


Volume
Description General Uses Total Wire Fill Net Wire Fill
(Cubic Inches)
3-1/2" deep Device, Grounds
2" wide Switches 9-#14 and Clamps Plus
3" long Receptacles 18.0 or 8-#12 6-#14
Side Bracket Thermostats or 7-#10 or 5-#12
Cable Clamps or 4-#10

2-1/2" deep Device, Grounds


Usually used for
2" wide 6-#14 and Clamps Plus
remodel work.
3" long 12.5 or 5-#12 3-#14
Switches
Side Bracket or 5-#10 or 2-#12
Receptacles
Cable Clamps or 2-#10

Clamps and
4" Octagonal 7-#14 Grounds Plus
Light Fixtures
1-1/2" deep 15.5 or 6-#12 5-#14
Junctions
Cable Clamps or 6-#10 or 4-#12
or 4-#10

Clamps and
4" Octagonal
7-#14 Grounds Plus
1-1/2" deep Light Fixtures
15.5 or 6-#12 5-#14
Side Bracket Junctions
or 6-#10 or 4-#12
Cable Clamps
or 4-#10

Device, Grounds
4" Octagonal
Ceiling Fan 10-#14 and Clamps Plus
2-1/8" deep
Support, Heavy 21.5 or 9-#12 8-#14
Side Bracket
Light Fixtures or 8-#10 or 7-#12
Cable Clamps
or 6-#10

(1) Device,
Usually used with
4" Square Grounds and
mud rings for: 10-#14
1-1/2" deep Clamps Plus
Switches 21.0 or 9-#12
Side Bracket 7-#14
Receptacles or 8-#10
Cable Clamps or 6-#12
Thermostats
or 5-#10
Device and
4" Square
Flush Range or 12-#10 Grounds Plus
2-1/8" deep
Dryer 30.3 or 10-#8 10-#10
3/4" knockouts
Receptacles or 6-#6 or 8-#8
Side Bracket
or 4-#6

Device and
1-7/8" deep Used in conduit
6-#14 Grounds Plus
2-1/8" wide systems for
13.0 or 5-#12 3-#14
4" long switches and
or 5-#10 or 2-#12
1/2" knockouts receptacles.
or 2-#10

These “How-To-Do-It” sheets have been reviewed in June 2007 by a professional Engineer. If you find a problem, please notify
G & G Electric & Plumbing at 1900 NE 78th Street, Ste. 101, Vancouver, Washington 98665
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G & G ELECTRIC AND PLUMBING DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
INFORMATION SHEET 12
COPYRIGHT 1989

POPULAR PLASTIC BOXES: THEIR USE AND WIRE FILL CAPACITY


Volume Total Net
Description General Use Cubic Inches Wire Fill Wire Fill

Device and
2-7/8” deep (Switches) Grounds Plus
2-1/4” wide (Receptacles) 18.0 9 - #14 7 - #14
3-5/8” high (Thermostats) 8 - #12 6 - #12
with Nails 7 - #10 5 - #10

Device and
3-3/16” deep
(Switches) Grounds Plus
2-1/4” wide
(Receptacles) 20.3 10 - #14 8 - #14
3-5/8” high
(Thermostats) 9 - #12 7 - #12
with Nails
8 - #10 6 - #10

2-13/16” deep Device and


Usually used for remodel jobs
2-1/4” wide Grounds
for:
3-1/4” high Plus
(Switches) 15.0 7 - #14
Metal Ears 4 - #14
(Receptacles) 7 - #12
Snap-In Bracket 4 - #12
(Thermostats 6 - #10
Cable Clamps 3 - #10

3” deep
(2) Devices &
4” wide
Grounds Plus
3-3/4” high (2) Switches
34.3 16 - #14 13 - #14
Double Gang (2) Receptacles or
15 - #12 12 - #12
with Nails Switch & Receptacle
13 - #10 10 - #10

2-11/16” deep (3) Devices &


5-7/8” wide Grounds Plus
3-11/16” high (3) Switches 45.0 22 - #14 18 - #14
Triple Gang 20 - #12 16 - #12
with Nails 18 - #10 14 - #10

2-1/2” deep
4” diameter Grounds Plus
Angled Nails (Light Fixtures) 23.5 11 - #14 10 - #14
provide very (Junctions) 10 - #12 9 - #12
stable mount 9 - #10 8 - #10

1-5/8” deep Usually used for remodel work


3-1/2” diameter but serves well as box for Grounds Plus
4-3/8” Flange porch light on any job 14.0 7 - #14 5 - #14
Snap-In Bracket (Light Fixtures) 6 - #12 4 - #12
Cable Clamps (Junctions) 5 - #10 3 - #10

Grounds Plus
(Junctions)
2-1/4” deep 15 - #14 14 - #14
or with mud ring for single or 30.0
4” square 13 - #12 12 - #12
multiple device mounting
with Nails 12 - #10 11 - #10

These “How-To-Do-It” sheets have been reviewed in June 2007 by a professional Engineer. If you find a problem, please notify
G & G Electric & Plumbing at 1900 NE 78th Street, Ste. 101, Vancouver, Washington 98665