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safely mount an electrical outlet receptacle inside a cardboard structure?

Is there any way (besides using a gang box) to mount an electrical outlet receptacle inside a sturdy cardboard box so that it could be considered safe to use?  In other words, no bare wires exposed, etc.

Thank you


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Vyger4 years ago
You will need to use an outlet box with a conduit pipe connecting it. Of course regular building codes will not apply to cardboard as a structure but if you want to make it safe you will need to use standard approved methods. The outlet box can be supported by the conduit so that all by itself will give you some structural support. It will also isolate all the possibly exposed wire and prevent any accidental damage from something like somebody cutting into the wire.
foobear (author)  Vyger4 years ago
Thank you. I see that is the proper way to do it. But then if you look at something like a cheap plastic extension chord and open it up, there's not much in there really, just a plastic housing and metal receptacle parts.

I guess what I'm wondering is, could I create a plastic housing out of some material molded around the outlet, maybe epoxy putty or something that would prevent the wire connections from being exposed.

Cover all exposed surfaces with hot glue.
foobear (author)  mpilchfamily4 years ago
Would that work? That would be the easiest thing maybe...
Hot Glue it used all the time in electronics. Most for securing components that may resonate due to high power and/or frequencies going through the component. Its also good as an insulator.
foobear (author)  mpilchfamily4 years ago
cool. I would give this best answer if they had a button for it. Since it is a reply, I cannot. Because this would be cheap and easy for most people to reproduce I think. I will give it a try thx
Re-design4 years ago
Why no just mount a an extention cord or power strip? Is this outside? In any event it might be a good idea to plug it into a gfi controlled outlet.
foobear (author)  Re-design4 years ago
It is not outside. The reason I don't want to mount an extension chord or power strip is that the space inside the cardboard structure is small and I only need one outlet. Thank you
RavensCraft4 years ago
Glue a piece of 1/2 inch thick wood to the cardboard
and then mount a power strip to the wood.
There are small 3- outlet strips if you don"t want to use
a 6-outlet strip.
As for the wood , try to get as much surface area as you can , so it
won"t tear off. I'm thinking one square foot piece of wood, at least.
foobear (author)  RavensCraft4 years ago
These are all good suggestions, thank you
RavensCraft4 years ago
Yet another idea:
Create a 90 degree triangular wooden box that will fit into a corner
of the cardboard box.
Mount the outlet on the diagonal face of the wooden box.
Glue the wooden box into the corner.