Adding ceiling fan where no current fixture exists

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Old 07-08-07, 11:33 AM
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Adding ceiling fan where no current fixture exists

I want to add a ceiling fan, but there is only a light switch which controls a wall outlet (which we plug in a lamp). How can I run power from the outlet to the ceiling? I am sure there 2x4 "firestops" in the wall framing. How do I get the new wiring through the wood framing in the walls?

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Old 07-08-07, 12:29 PM
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You either go around or through the framing. Drywall can be repaired.
 
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Old 07-08-07, 01:09 PM
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Why are you "sure" that you have firestops in the wall? Unless the ceiling if very high, it is not common. Even if there are firestops, the solution is often quite easy (long drill bits).

Adding a ceiling fan or light to a room with only a switched receptacle is an extremely common DIY project. It probably ranks in the top ten that we see here. So if millions of others have done it, you can too.

Is there an accessible attic above this room? Can you get to the spot in the attic direcly above the switch? Can you get to the spot in the attic directly above the receptacle? Is the switch on an exterior wall? Is the receptacle on an exterior wall?
 
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