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bobski 05-06-2013 10:39 PM

world famous bobski mystery thing, pic #286
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they were 70 cents, but how long ago? and what are they?

hiwall 05-06-2013 11:46 PM

They are used to hold an electric box in an existing wall.

c3shooter 05-07-2013 01:23 AM

Yep- A Madison Strap.

bobski 05-07-2013 01:59 AM

but i dont get it. what are the straps doing on the other side of the wall? they appear to just lay against the box.

hiwall 05-07-2013 03:53 AM

You bend them into the box to prevent the box from pulling out of the wall.

bobski 05-07-2013 12:09 PM

ahhh. got it. question, isnt nailing it to a stud better? and, what keeps the box from pushing inthe wall besides those 2 screws on each end? seems kind of flimsy.

c3shooter 05-07-2013 12:21 PM

Yes, nailing to a stud would be much better. But what if you don't HAVE a stud where you need the box- and these are frequently for REWORK. The box has a flange, top and bottom, that is pulled against the OUTSIDE of the drywall. Madison strap pulls against the INSIDE of the drywall. And yes, eventually box winds up getting loose if you plug/unplug/plug a lot on that outlet.

rurak 05-07-2013 03:02 PM

Madison bars suck!!!!!

bobski 05-07-2013 05:09 PM

thats the impression im getting.

rurak 05-07-2013 06:35 PM

I'm an electrician and nothing about them is fun and ther r sharp

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