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How to cut into hardwood floor for round elctrical outlet

stephenjnielsen's picture

Electrical code requires placing a floor outlet within our nice oak hardwood floor. The outlet box provided by our elctrician is cast iron, round, just shy of 4 inches in diamenter. The brass cover is exactly the same diameter as the round box, leaving no room for a sloppy cut hole. The wire for the box is in the center of the area where the hole goes, so a hole saw will not work. What is the solution?


Floor boxes (post #207505, reply #1 of 3)

Go to Hubbels web site and look at floor outlet boxes.  There is a trim ring that fits over the box for hardwood floor applications.  What your electrician gave you was for carpet or maybe concret (new pour) use.

Dave has the solution. And I (post #207505, reply #2 of 3)

Dave has the solution. And I would probably trace the area first with the old ring and use a rotozip..easier to handle (three passes minimum) plus you can see the lines. Use magnets to find potentail nails that are hidden. Inspectors use small ones to learn about nailing patterns.

Floor outlet box (post #207505, reply #3 of 3)

Thank you Dave!