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    Default Electrical outlet and switches near pocket door

    I want to put electricals and switches on the wall where there is the pocket for the pocket door. Would I have enough room? What kind of clearance do I need?

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    Default Re: Electrical outlet and switches near pocket door

    Probably not. A regular box is about 3" deep and a regular wall cavity is 3-1/2" wide, not enough space for an electrical box.

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    Default Re: Electrical outlet and switches near pocket door

    dj is right, but if you have a true double wall with the door in between, you can use use a shallow work box.

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    Default Re: Electrical outlet and switches near pocket door

    There must be a minimum of 1 1/4 inches from any wall face to the wiring inside the wall so even though a shallow box might work, you can't meet that spec with a pocket door in a nominal 2X4 wall.

    Phil

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    Default Re: Electrical outlet and switches near pocket door

    The usual problem isn't the shallow box or switch, its running the wire that will prove tricky.

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    Default Re: Electrical outlet and switches near pocket door

    If you use conduit or MC (metal-clad) cable, you don't have to worry about code-required clearance.

    If there really isn't enough space for the electrical boxes, you could use Wiremold-type surface boxes, but that wouldn't look as good. You could also use surface-mount devices. Most that I've seen 0nline are sold for European countries (where they have a lot of old houses where it's impossible to install wires in the walls) and may not be UL listed for use in the United States.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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