Electrical Box Celling Fan Rated?

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Old 06-17-13, 05:41 PM
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Electrical Box Celling Fan Rated?

I'd first like to say that this is a terrific site for trying to get things done yourself.

With that said, I am a new homeowner and would like to replace an existing light fixture with a ceiling fan. I have read through the multiple threads addressing my issue but could not draw a conclusion for my own situation.

I have taken the existing light fixture down to see what the box looks like. I have also went into the attic to see what it looks like on that side. I still can't figure out if the box is fan rated. However, I am leaning towards it not being fan rated.

Can anyone help me out, greatly appreciated.
 
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Welcome to the forums.

That is an old style bar box. It is not rated for fan duty.
 
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Thanks for the quick reply PJ.

How easy/difficult do you think it would be to replace? And would you be able to explain the process?
 
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Old 06-17-13, 06:14 PM
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You would turn the circuit off. Label all wires CAREFULLY so that they can be reconnected as they are. You will have to cut that metal bar that is currently holding that box in place.

You would need to purchase a fan rated box with beam to beam stretcher. When you purchase the replacement box kit make sure you get a deep box with three knockouts due to the three conduits you currently have in there.

The pics below show some typical fan bar boxes. What differentiates between the box you currently have now and a fan rated one is the mounting to the beam method as well as heavier mounting screws between the fan and the box.

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I understand, thanks again for the quick response.
 
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