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rzucco 06-26-2011 09:12 AM

Replacing ceiling fan - No electrical box?
Hi everyone,

I was replacing a ceiling fan when I ran into a little pickle...
the base for the old fan was held by two 3.5" big nails. After removing the old base, I found that there was nothing but a small hole with the electrical wires coming out. This is how it looks as now:

So now Im trying to figure out how to hang the new base...
I don't think nailing it back is a good idea. I don't know what is up there, and last thing I want is the fan taking a dive on the baby room.

Access to the ceiling is not easily available (it is on the garage on the very other side of the house)

Any recommendations are very appreciated.


JoeD 06-27-2011 10:58 AM

Use a ceiling fan hanger bar.

TxBuilder 06-27-2011 01:24 PM

JoeD is right. They're fairly simple to use. Self-explanatory almost. Make sure it is secure before you bare the weight of the fan on it, or you will have a monstrous hole in your ceiling. And we definitely do not want it falling on your baby!

nealtw 06-27-2011 05:10 PM

If you dig into ceiling you could use a decorative ceiling medallion to hide the work without doing a plaster repair.

Bryanatkinson 06-28-2011 11:55 PM

Screw and screw anchor are also good alternative.

With proper amount of them and double sided foam tape, it'll be very strong.

DonP 07-07-2011 08:32 PM

[What JoeD recommends is code in all cities, what you found was probably done by an inexperienced homeowner!

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