Mounting ceiling fan box to steel pole awning?

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Old 03-28-17, 06:57 AM
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Mounting ceiling fan box to steel pole awning?

Living in Miami means dealing with mosquitos. So... I'd like to install a ceiling fan under my awning over the back patio to help keep them away. But, I'm stuck on trying to figure out how to mount the fixture box to the poles. Would appreciate any help, tips or tricks.

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Old 03-28-17, 07:48 AM
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Strut

Use something like this to bridge between two trusses. Secure to trusses with u-bolts. Attach fan box to strut.

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Thanks. Would you recommend putting the strut underneath or on top of the trusses?
 
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Old 03-28-17, 08:32 AM
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I would mount a strut or angle iron between two ceiling poles and secure the box to that.
 
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Looks like we're all on the same page... Mount it in whichever way is easiest to secure it. It doesn't really matter in terms of supporting the box.
 
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Mounting Strut

Think about whether you want the nuts on the u-bolts facing up or down.
 
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Great point Wirepuller! Hadn't thought of it
 
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Old 04-04-17, 12:16 PM
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And use lock nuts not regular nuts.

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