What does a fan beam look like?

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What does a fan beam look like?

I want to install a fan in the new flat overhang between the house and pool. It is foam core with aluminum exterior. The fan beam location is marked, but I don't know what size hole to drill, or what it will look like when I get in there.
There is wiring left from the old roof.
Is there a video on this, if so where?

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Old 07-01-14, 01:34 PM
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Never herd of a fan beam but can guess it is to secure a fan rated box to. It may be intended for a surface mounted box and therefore no hole would be cut. Is the area exposed to weather?
 

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Fan beam

Can you take a pic of the location? I have never heard that term either.
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You say that the overhang is new. Did you contract to have it installed? If so, call the contractor and ask about it.
 
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The company we contracted - The Heights Aluminum - to install a new pool screen and fan beam refuse to call me back with the specs for the beam. We took down the old fan and want to put in a new fan. The Heights marked where the fan beam starts, but the beam is covered by ceiling panels. I don't want to rip apart the ceiling apart just to see how long and wide the beam.
 
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That sounds like only something that Heights Aluminum can help you with. We'd just be guessing at it's size and location.
 
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I'd think a stud finder would be the ticket here....
 
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a stud finder would be the ticket here
Metal covered by metal. Not sure that would work.
 
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Fan Beam

Here are some photos:

https://www.google.com/search?q=foam...tm%3B311%3B268

The ones near the top show a fan beam. It appears to be a hollow beam within the foam to allow mounting the fan and running the necessary electrical cable.
 
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I can understand what it is but I don't understand why the company refuses to talk to you.
 
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If the picture is accurate then as I said in the first answer no hole is cut. A surface box is mounted but that leaves two problem. How do you get electric to it and where is it? Was the fan mount mentioned in your contract? Have you fully paid? Did you pay by credit card? May be time to get the 2x4 out to get the mules attention.
 
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Metal covered by metal. Not sure that would work.

If the outer sheet is just thin AL then a studfinder should still work to find that thicker beam.
Hell it's worth a try, it's only take 30 seconds to know if it works or not.

Actually on that note, couldn't you find it by lightly tapping w/ a small hammer or butt end of a screwdriver? The acoustics should be different.
 
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couldn't you find it by lightly tapping w/ a small hammer or butt end of a screwdriver?
Good suggestion. I've always had more luck on Sheetrock and wood tapping with my finger then using a stud detector.
If the outer sheet is just thin AL then a studfinder should still work to find that thicker beam
Yes, I was probably hasty in my answer. I was thinking more using it in metal detector mode then density mode.
 
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