Installing Ceiling Fan - Use Metal or Plastic Box


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Old 11-14-20, 07:57 AM
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Installing Ceiling Fan - Use Metal or Plastic Box

I am installing a new ceiling fan, and the joist is right where I need it. I had planned to use one of the plastic Madison boxes with the internal screws, but I saw an old work metal one by Raco. It seems like it may be a bit easier to use. There is a bracket that installs before the box, which I kind of like. Sometimes with the Madison boxes, I have an issue with the box moving up the joist as the screws are tightened. Just curious the preferred option when you’re not using one those braces (suspended between 2 joists).
 

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11-14-20, 09:01 AM
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Any box is fine as long as it is rated to support a ceiling fan.
 
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Old 11-14-20, 08:54 AM
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and the joist is right where I need it
Where is that..... directly next to the box ?
Do you have access from overhead ?

The box with the spreader bar is a little tough to use when the box is next to the joist.
 
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Any box is fine as long as it is rated to support a ceiling fan.
 
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Hi, any access above? would this box work ?
https://www.lowes.com/pd/RACO-1-Gang...al-Box/1057119
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I prefer the Raco box referenced above.
 
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Any box designed for ceiling fan will be fine as long as you follow the direct.

Is this the box you are referring to as plastic madison box?
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Madison-Ele...Box/1000028517
This box requires your junction box to be right against joist. It is great for replacing existing ceiling junction box since most junction boxes are mounted against joist.
This box has a metal bracket behind plastic box which makes it strong.

Most other plastic boxes I have seen are designed to use wood screws directly into the joist holding the junction box for hanging ceiling fan. These boxes, requires you to install junction box right on the joist or install wood bracket.

Metal box with expending bracket allows you to install junction box between joist.

So, you will have to choose junction box that fits best for your situation.
 
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Old 11-15-20, 01:34 PM
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We need to hear from the OP where the location of the joist is in relation to the hole.
 
 

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