COMMUNITY FORUM

cpstrit

05:10PM | 08/08/09
Member Since: 08/07/09
2 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I'm going to be installing a ceiling fan in place of an existing light fixture. The current plastic octagon box is circa 1975 and will be too brittle and unsupportive for a ceiling fan. If I punch out the existing box is there something I can replace it with that can be mounted from the room instead of the attic & without drilling tons of holes in the ceiling that would have to be patched.

LarryG

04:28AM | 08/09/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
511 lifetime posts
but it all depends on what you have up there now meaning is there a joist right there or is the box centered between two.

also it depends on the type of mounting that the particular fan you purchased employs.

also consider since you're going to yank the existing box(i still don't know if you really need to ok?)it would be a good chance to snake the right kind of wire through there.

bigtoe1340

12:37PM | 08/09/09
Member Since: 08/08/09
1 lifetime posts
There are a few way to do this.

1) You can buy a kit made to be installed between the 2 joists. Use screws not nails so you don't pop the nails in the drywall below.

2) They also make an expanding bracket that installs from the ceiling below. Being an electrician in Phoenix, this one is great to avoid the attic on hot days but you need a little room from the joists. Insert thru the hole and unscrew to expand putting pressure on the joists with the claws of the bracket.

3)In the old days we would attach a 2x4 between the 2 joists butting it against the drywall and install a pancake box from below. Again use nails not screws

Tony

Meade Electric http://www.meadeelectric.biz

cpstrit

06:02PM | 08/09/09
Member Since: 08/07/09
2 lifetime posts
Thanks LarryG & bigtoe1340. I was able to find an expanding bracket at my local "orange" home improvement center. It worked great and the wife loves the new ceiling fan.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Painting your front door a striking color is risky, but it will really grab attention. Picking the right shade (and finish... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2