Is my ceiling box suitable for a ceiling fan?

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Old 05-26-15, 06:49 PM
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Is my ceiling box suitable for a ceiling fan?

Home was built in 2005, and only one of the four upstairs bedrooms has a fan. I'd like to put a fan in the other three. I have removed the light fixture to inspect the box, but I don't see a sticker or any designation that it is safe for fan mounting. Here are some pictures of the box. They look slightly different as they were taken at two different times during the day.

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Is there anything I can do, short of going into the crawlspace, to determine if this will hold a fan? Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Old 05-26-15, 07:28 PM
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The box you have is not fan rated, although it appears to be solidly attached to a framing member. Your screws are too small and must not rely on the box's ears for attachment.
 
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Old 05-26-15, 07:29 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Those don't look like fan boxes. You are in luck though. They appear to be fastened underneath a joist. Try removing the sheetrock screws from the back of the box and the box should just come out of the ceiling.

Then you could replace the box with a fan rated box. Drop the box and shoot a new picture.
 
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Old 05-29-15, 08:10 PM
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Thank you both for your replies!

I'm going to take the box down this weekend and I'll let you know how it goes.

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Jon
 
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Old 05-30-15, 08:25 AM
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Box removed, here are two pics from opposite angles of the hole.

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As you both suspected, it was screwed directly into wood. I have checked the boxes in the other two bedrooms and they are both attached in the same manner.

From here I just buy fan rated boxes, secure those to the beam, and I'm good to go?

Thanks again for your help.

Jon
 
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Old 05-30-15, 09:44 AM
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From here I just buy fan rated boxes, secure those to the beam, and I'm good to go?
Yes. Do not use Sheetrock screws. Use at least #10x1" pan head sheet metal screws.
 
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Old 05-30-15, 03:57 PM
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I keep these in my archives, but I didn't have my PC while I was in Denver.

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Old 08-29-15, 07:53 PM
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Just wanted to come back and thank everyone who responded for their time and knowledge. I was able to safely install all 3 fans upstairs properly with the information provided in this thread. Your help was certainly appreciated!

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Jon
 
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Thanks for letting us know the outcome. Good job.
 
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