Ceiling Fan to replace Lamp

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Old 06-09-04, 02:05 AM
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Ceiling Fan to replace Lamp

My gf wants me to replace an exiting ceiling light with a fan above our bed. The receptacle box in the ceiling is steel, but I have no way of knowing its installation method: nailed to the joist, box brace between the joists, etc.

This is an apartment building, and I have no access above the ceiling (no attic, for expample). How do I determine whether or not the current receptacle box is strong enough for the weight of a fan?

I don't want it to fall on us when we're sleeping!

Thanks,
-Terry
 
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Old 06-09-04, 05:31 AM
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Generally speaking, in an apartment you can't do this type of work, it must be done by a qualified electrician.

While I might change a light in an apartment, I certainly wouldn't do anything as involved as installing a fan or changing a junction box.
 
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Old 06-09-04, 07:32 AM
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If you install a light-weight fan, you're probably fine, especially if the fan is above the foot of the bed rather than the head of the bed.
 
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Old 06-28-04, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by John Nelson
If you install a light-weight fan, you're probably fine, especially if the fan is above the foot of the bed rather than the head of the bed.
John,

How light-weight? I was thinking there might be some type of measuring device which would give the strength of the box. I was thinking there was, maybe not?

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