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Old 08-27-2008, 10:06 PM  
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Default mounting a ceiling fan?

i've been wanting a ceiling fans in a few rooms. i'm not too worried about the wiring as much as how it mounts. in one room i want to put it where the ceiling light is now, but i don't know how you tell if it's strong enough to hold the fan weight. in the other room i want to move the fan over a foot or so from where the light fixture is so i guess i need a differnt new mounting box anyway.

any suggestions or directions to a site with info appreciated. thanks.

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Old 08-28-2008, 05:46 AM  
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Most likely the existing electrical box is NOT secure enough for a ceiling fan. I've put about 5 or 6 of these in my houses. In most cases I didn't need to work in the attic at all because i was able to work from below thru a 12" X 12" hole in the drywall. You can buy a fan box at Lowes or Home Depot that has two adjustable rails to fit 16"OC or 24"OC joists/trusses. I reach thru and hammer the lip between the drywall and the joist and use deck screws to mount the plates. If the fan is in the same place as the previous box, the wires will probably reach. If you need to extend, you can use the original box with a cove as a JBOX to extend. When your done mounting, you can cover the big hole with drywall and use a trim ring.
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