Light outlet box with wooden crossmember?

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Old 07-03-16, 04:15 PM
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Light outlet box with wooden crossmember?

Hello everyone! I got a ceiling fan I would like to install, but the light box is this 4" metal plate that is too narrow for the fan mount. I removed the metal plate and saw that it was screwed into a wooden cross-member. The crossmember is like 1.5" by maybe 6" so I think it is a stud.

Is this safe to mount a fan to, or do I need some sort of adapter?

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Old 07-03-16, 04:26 PM
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Looking online, it seems this thing is a "4" by 1/2-in.-deep pancake box". If that helps.
 
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I suggest you replace the pancake box with one of these, it is intended for fan or fixture mounting when the location is directly under a joist.

Nonmetallic Ceiling Fan Box - Contemporary - Ceiling Fans - by Hipp Modern Builders Supply

It straddles the joist to provide space for the electrical connections and comes with long screws to mount the fan bracket directly to the joist. It's rated for fans up to 70 pounds.

I've seen similar products at the big box stores.

When mounting a fan in between joists, a different style of fan rated box is used.
 
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Thanks so much! I went to the big-box store, but the best I could find was a larger "pancake box" that was fan rated. After enlarging the hole and screwing it in, the fan was installed and hasn't fallen down yet!

Thanks for your help!
 
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