Will my outlet box support ceiling fan?

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Old 09-07-12, 01:15 AM
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Will my outlet box support ceiling fan?

Hi, I just moved into a home that was built in 2006. The outlet box in my room has never been used, and it seems to be a pancake box. There are four wires coming from it. Black, White, Red, and a Bare wire. Will this box support a ceiling fan?


 
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Old 09-07-12, 02:49 AM
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Welcome to the forums! The box itself and the way it is fastened to the ceiling will support the weight of a ceiling fan. I can't see the holes where the fan actually attaches in your photos. It largely depends on that, coupled with it's attachment to a framing member. If your box only has bent over ears with threaded holes, most likely they are too small for a ceiling fan and don't allow the fan to attach to anything more than the ears themselves. Although this pix is not a pancake box, you can see the attachment method for the fan. Look for a replacement box that resembles this or that says it is fan rated and replace the one you have with it.

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Old 09-07-12, 03:29 AM
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Okay, I tried to clean it, hopefully you can see it better. I also noticed it says "Suitable for 150 lb Fixture." You can kind of see it in the pic.

 
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I cleaned the outlet(Should have done this first) and it says it supports fans up to 70 LBS. Thanks for the feedback anyway.
 
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Old 09-07-12, 10:18 AM
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I cleaned the outlet(Should have done this first) and it says...
Yeah, hate it when painters do that.

In your second picture, it appears that it is designed for the fixture mounting screws to pass through the ears and thread into holes in the back of the box.

Quick questions:
  • Is that accurate?
  • If so, are the holes in the back of the box drilled and tapped for 10-24 thread?
  • Does the legend on the box say it supports fans up to 70 lbs, or fixtures up to 70 lbs, or just that it will support up to 70 lbs?
 
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Old 09-07-12, 12:40 PM
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To answer your first question, yes. To your second question, I don't know. And to answer your last question it says it supports fixtures up to 150 lbs and Ceiling Fans up to 70 lbs. It looks almost identical to this box.
 
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Old 09-07-12, 01:09 PM
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Looks like you are good to go....................
 
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Old 09-07-12, 01:18 PM
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Should be good. Do you have the screws that came with your box? If not, you'll need to pick up a couple of 10-24 combination pan head machine screws, 1-1/2" to 2" long. Everything else should come packed with your fan.
 
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Old 09-07-12, 01:31 PM
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Rock 'n Roll. Thanks for the pictures showing the new information. Sometimes we ask questions and people get frustrated. In your case, however, it cleared it all up and you seem to be good to go with it.
 
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Yep I sure do. Thanks. And Thanks to everyone else for the timely feedback.
 
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Thank you for the feedback, and for hanging in through our questions.
 
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