How do you remove an old metal electrical box?
Reach inside the wall or ceiling and grab the box. Carefully pull the metal junction box through the opening in the wallboard, pulling the wires with it. When you can access the wires on the exterior of the box, pull them from the box and bend them around the wallboard, so they don’t fall back into the wall.
How do you remove a metal outlet box from the wall?
Cut a hole around the box with a drywall saw if it isn’t a remodeling box. Make the hole dimensions 2 or more inches bigger than the box so you can access the nails holding the box to the wall. Pull out the nails with a pry bar or pliers and remove the box.
What is the difference between old work and new work electrical boxes?
New work boxes, designed to be installed just after the wall is framed but. They attach to studs. Old work (also called retrofit) boxes, designed to be installed after the walls are finished and are used during remodeling projects.