Outlet box rated for ceiling fan


Old 03-31-13, 12:36 PM
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Outlet box rated for ceiling fan

Hello all,

I'm planning on installing some ceilings fans in our new house and was curious if someone would help me to identify if these outlet boxes are capable of holding up the ceiling fan.

The attached pictures show the existing box. It's plastic and from what I can tell, it doesnt show any information on the inside about how much it's rated to hold up. I scraped off some of the paint and it just had some random numbers here and there, but nothing mentioning 'fan' or 'lbs'.

The fan I am installing is a Hunter Westhaven 52" ceiling fan.

Thanks for any input you have...


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Old 03-31-13, 01:24 PM
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Fan boxes are usually marked for use with fans and use 10-24 fixture screws. If that box uses 8-32 fixture screws you can be reasonably sure it isn't fan rated.

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That box is not fan rated.
Old 04-05-13, 11:49 AM
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Generally speaking, if it does not say it's fan rated, assume it's not. Nice thing around here is any fixture in the ceiling other than in a hallway has to be in a fan rated box so I know every bedroom and the living and family rooms are all set (and all have ceiling fans in them now )

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