Will this old box support a ceiling fan?


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Old 08-31-15, 06:59 PM
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Question Will this old box support a ceiling fan?

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What do you think? There is already a fan mounted in one room with a similar situation and i 1) want to make sure it's ok, and 2) upgrade the other room shown in pic to fan. I can't tell if this sort of setup is really made for that.

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Since you have easy access, replace it with the correct box. Home Depot or Lowes has them.
 
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Old 08-31-15, 07:39 PM
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Thanks, I do have a box. Thought I could save myself some time. I got my facts reversed. This is actually the box that already had the fan from when we moved in. The other one is set up the same way but I will have to remove some floor boards. Not a huge deal.
 
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Old 08-31-15, 08:30 PM
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What maters is the side you didn't show us. It is the size of the fixture screws and the number of threads that are engaged that count most.

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Old 08-31-15, 09:17 PM
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I think this answers my question Ray20147 - the box doesn't have posts.
 
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I think I would replace the old fan brace too as I doubt you could use the fan safe box with the old brace. You can usually buy the brace by itself but not always. The hardest part is getting it away from the wood and you will need to add a 2x4 to the other side so that the grip will hold in place. The next hardest part is dealing with the insulation which you have already taken care of. Still a messy job but the fan will be safe to install afterwards. I would check your other fan too I doubt that the box is fan safe.

Boxes that are not rated fan safe have been used without problems but the ears can break due to fan vibration and therefore are not safe.
 
 

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