Outlet box rated for ceiling fans?


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Old 08-31-19, 10:46 AM
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Outlet box rated for ceiling fans?

Hi, I was wondering if it's possible to tell from these pictures if my outlet box is acceptable for fan support?

https://imgur.com/a/wUIVLu6

Thanks very much for any help you're able to provide!

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Old 08-31-19, 10:55 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

No... that electrical box is not rated for fan duty.
It looks like a joist mounted 4" round box. Try removing the screws in the back of the box and it should just drop down thru the ceiling giving you a better idea of what you have.
 
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Old 08-31-19, 12:20 PM
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oops, thanks for adding the pictures into the body

So if I remove the screws in the back and drop it down to see what's behind, what exactly should i be looking for to know if it's good or not?

Thanks very much for your reply!
 
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Old 08-31-19, 12:26 PM
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Fan rated boxes are usually stamped on the bottom. They also have more robust connection for the mounting screws. If you look at your box it only has the bent over ears/tabs which are not rated for much weight.
 
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Thanks for the reply! Is there anything i can do to reinforce it? Does it just entail buying and installing a new outlet box? not sure if this video gives any more information that would help https://streamable.com/nu80f
Thanks for your help!
 
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Old 08-31-19, 04:41 PM
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Hi, replace the box, assuming the box that is there is 1 1/2 deep this box will work.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commerci...B150/205383181
Through the cover away.
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