FiberglassBox: All the Toughness of Steel Outlet Boxes, None of the Grounding Issues
Ahhh, steel. You’ve gotta love the stuff. It’s tough, rugged, versatile… and, unfortunately, electrically conductive. Sure, you may want it to conduct electricity sometimes, but other times it can just be a grounding hassle. Take, for example, the steel outlet box. If you’re going to put a receptacles and live wires into a steel electrical box, you sure as heck better ground it, or something really bad could happen to someone who’s not expecting it. No one should ever be shocked or electrocuted because they make contact with an ungrounded metal outlet box. Never.
But even with that in mind, a lot of electricians out there favor steel boxes, because, as I mentioned before, they’re super tough. The only downside is that to get that toughness on the Electrical Code’s good side, it does need to be properly grounded, and grounding takes extra time. And being that time is of the essence in the electrical industry as it is elsewhere in the business world, that’s gotten people thinking that there has to be a better solution. One that’s strong as steel, but takes less time. There is: it’s called FiberglassBox.™
Just as it’s name makes it out to be, Allied Moulded Products’ FiberglassBox is indeed a fiberglass box, the type meant to house electrical outlets and switches. It’s just as strong and rigid as everybody’s favorite steel receptacle boxes, but it has a few pluses: it’s light, it’s non-corrosive, and it’s completely non-conductive. That’s “non-conductive” as in it does not conduct electricity, and therefore needs no grounding. No grounding. ‘Nuff said.