outside lights on either side of the garage

sammy zone 7 TulsaFebruary 21, 2011

We have had new siding installed on our house. We removed the spotlight that we haven't used for years, and want lights on either side of the garage door.

We will have this done professionally, but I would like to know what type of professional person would do it, and do it correctly so that they won't cause a fire or charge us for all day when the job shouldn't take that long.

The house is brick on the bottom, and siding and brick on the second floor.

The lights will go into brick, and a professional should be able to connect to the wires either in the garage or the attic where the spotlight was. The garage is now a room of its own with its own wall. There is an electrical outlet inside attached to the wall that used to be a garage door. There is another one around the corner on the outside.

Could you tell me what kind of a person to call and what kind of work to expect?

In other words, would I call an electrician, or would I call someone who does remodeling, and they would assign the work to a carpenter and an electrician.

We have a high standard of "codes", and I want to be sure that this is done correctly.

The house was built in 1979, and the garage was remodelled to become a room with a bath in about 1982. There is a "fuse" box in the closet of the room. There is an attic over the room, and it is relatively finished.

Thank you for any information you can give me.

This is a lot of work for just a couple of outside lights, but I want the house to look good.


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An electrician should be able to mount boxes in the brick and wire and install the fixtures.

You can either surface mount the boxes on the fac of the brick and wire them from behind, or cut the boxes into teh brick so they do not show behind the fixture.

If you want them cut in expect a decent charge.

Cutting into brick to recess boxes is slow work.
The best method is usually to drill the four corners of the box location, then chisel out any mortar in the area (plugging chisel) and then break off the now exposed brick that need to be removed.

You may find some electricians will not even be interested in the job.

Bricks sometimes chip or crack in unanticipated ways, requiring removal and replacement to preserve the appearance.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 8:45AM
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"pancake" boxes may be able to be used, depending on fill capacity needed-

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 12:05PM
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