attaching ceiling fan bracket to electrical box?

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Old 05-01-03, 03:43 AM
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attaching ceiling fan bracket to electrical box?

Hi,
Am putting ceiling fan in-the electrical connections are there, but I'd like to know(because I have a tendency to overtighten), how tightly do you attach the fan bracket to the electrical box. Can overtightening cause it to vibrate more. Also what is the best to use to level the bracket properly-what kind of washers/how?
It is a Home Depot Hampton Bay Huntington lll fan. Thanks.
George, a very proud Marine Corps dad!
 
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Old 05-01-03, 03:52 AM
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Tighten the connections until they seat. It is easy to strip this soft metal by overtightening. The bracket will do best when mounted evenly against the box. The fan will hang straight because it suspends from a ball joint.

Vibration is generally a result of improperly installed blades, when it starts from the time the fan is installed. Follow the assembly instructions methodically and there should be no problem. Tighten the fasteners for the blades until the split washer seats.

Unless the blades have been struck by something, wobbling aftere a period of time is usually the result of dirt and dust accumulating on the blades.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 05-01-03, 06:47 AM
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Thanks for reply. The fan does not have a hanging ball to attach. It is a close to ceiling mount so there is a bracket that attaches to the electrical box, and the fan housing attaches to the bracket.
The blades are a Hampton Bay feature. They just slide into place and snap into place. There are no screws to tighten. I will have to check that my electrical box is level. Is there any problem if the whole contraption is just slightly ot level? Thanks.
George
 
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Hope this helps.

Make sure the box is rated to have a paddle fan hung from it.

P.S. Tell your son and/or daughter thanks!!!
 
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There's a rubber gasket between the bracket and the box, right? If you overtighten it, you'll defeat the purpose of the gasket.
 
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Old 05-01-03, 07:54 PM
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Thanks everyone, and I will thank my son..Thanks, again.
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Old 05-02-03, 07:16 AM
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Is the front of the box even with the surface of your ceiling? If not, then the box is probably recessed a bit and even if it is not level it shouldn't matter because the fan bracket won't be resting against the face of the box but will be resting against the ceiling which I'm assuming is level.
 
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