How to attach ceiling fan to center of cathedral ceiling?


Old 03-22-06, 06:38 PM
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How to attach ceiling fan to center of cathedral ceiling?

Hello all.

I searched first, and surprisingly enough I found no onther posts asking about this.

I have a ceiling fan I wish to mount to the center of my master bedroom's cathedral ceiling. What is the best way to do this? I want it to be attached securely, but I also want it to look 'nice'. Are there any wedge adapters that will allow me to performa flush mount against the ceiling? I'm only imagining this solution, perhaps there are other ways?

Thanks in advance. This room has no overhead lighting so I am desperate to get a ceiling fan w/lights up there installed by an electrician.
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Old 03-22-06, 06:57 PM
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When building additions that have cathedral ceilings, we always know where a ceiling fan will be located, and can plan accordingly. What I do is install plenty of blocking between the ceiling joists in the area the ceiling fan will be in. A square piece of 2x8 then gets cut to the angle of the ceiling on each side, gets screwed securely to the blocking, then is covered by drywall and ends up having tiny triangle shaped drywall caps on each end when it's all taped and painted. This way, the mounting block for the ceiling fan is textured and painted just like the rest of the ceiling is.

You probably don't have the luxury of tearing open the ceiling and doing all that. But if you can get above the ceiling, you can install some blocking from above, or check to see if you've got blocking on both sides of the ceiling peak. The blocking is important because it will give the block you are about to build something to mount against. You can get a block of nice wood- oak, maple, walnut, whatever you like... that measures 1 1/2" x 6 x 6. Stain it all up or paint it the color you like. Figure out the angle of your ceiling... then run that block through the table saw, cutting an angle off two opposite sides of the block so that it looks like a triangle from the end. That piece should fit right up against the ceiling, and can be screwed or nailed to the blocking you've installed above. If you're lucky there just might already be some blocking there!

Those are the 2 ways I've done it, hopefully one of them will work for you.
Old 03-22-06, 07:30 PM
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