is it ok to fix ceiling fan to joist?


Old 08-30-14, 08:14 PM
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is it ok to fix ceiling fan to joist?

I have a ceiling fan which has it's round electrical box attached to a 1/2" bolt which in turn is attached to a steel flat bar which is nailed between two joists.

This setup is quite loose, perhaps it's intended this way to find its own level but i kind of want to just screw in the circular electrical box directly onto the joist.

Is this wise? or should i leave it the way it is. The fan shakes a little and i wondered if this would improve things.

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Old 08-30-14, 08:19 PM
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I'd carve out enough foam to mount a piece of 2x6 blocking between the joists and then mount the box securely to that.
Old 08-30-14, 08:36 PM
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The box in the picture does not appear to be rated for ceiling fans nor does the described mounting. Here is an example of a correct box and how it is install, Notice the fan is held by 10-24 screws into threaded tubes not by 8-32 screws into tabs with only a couple of threads.

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Old 08-30-14, 10:18 PM
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If you didn't switch to the style that Ray has shown then you need to change that lighting pancake to a fan rated pancake box. The flat metal bar is completely unsatisfactory for hanging a fan. Fastening a pancake box directly to the bottom of a beam is ok.

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Old 08-31-14, 03:09 PM
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There are also side mount fan boxes available that would work.

You need a connector on the end of the cable to secure it to a metal box.
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