Ceiling Fan ground question

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Old 06-02-18, 09:33 AM
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Ceiling Fan ground question

I'm replacing a ceiling fan with light with a different ceiling fan with light. I was surprised when the old fan ground wire was connected to a ground on the mounting bracket rather than a bare ground from the metal box. Mounting the new fan, I'm not sure where to connect the green ground. Looking at the metal box it just seems to have a bare copper connected to a ground screw. Am I supposed to connect directly to that screw? I'm pretty new to this.

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Old 06-02-18, 09:52 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

I don't see any bare ground wrapped around a screw.
Is it wrapped under the screw of the wire clamp ?
 
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Yes, sorry if it's not clear, it appears to be a bare copper under that clamp screw.
 
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It says acceptable fan support in the middle of the box. I'll try and get a better picture.

Closer pic: http://i.imgur.com/BeZR25B.jpg
 
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Old 06-02-18, 10:39 AM
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I'm guessing that uses larger screws to get the fan rating. You can see the bolts thru the box that go to the bar.

Normally that bare wire would wrap around a ground screw and a tail would be left to connect to the fan. It's too short to do that now. I'd connect the fan ground wire under the same clamp screw.
 
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Should I be worried about the fan support? Is it worth removing those nuts to look underneath?
 
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The biggest concern with a fan box is the size of the two mounting screws. A typical fan box uses larger hardware like 10-24 type screws.
 
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Thank you so much for your help. Do you think I'm better off just buying a pigtail (I think that's the term) to connect it all?
 
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Old 06-02-18, 12:36 PM
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A pigtail with green screw will probably fit that hole in the back of that box.
 
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My post regarding fan suitability has been deleted. Sorry for the misstatement.
 
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Old 06-06-18, 07:31 PM
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One of these could be used to extend the improperly cut and terminated ground.

https://www.google.com/search?q=idea...k9IpRSt3GonLM:
 
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