Reinforcing Ceilings and Prepping the Ceiling Fan Box

What You'll Need

During the installation of a new ceiling fan, it's important to ensure that the ceiling is properly reinforced and contains the right hardware to keep the ceiling fan securely in place. If the fan you are installing is going to replace an old fan, when you take the old fan out of the ceiling check the fan box see if it needs reinforcement.  

It's also important to prep the ceiling fan box before adding the ceiling fan.

Step 1 - Reinforce the Ceiling

Before starting, go into the attic and find where the fan is going to be wired into the ceiling. The fan box should be located between two ceiling joists. Next, place a two-by-four piece of wood between the ceiling joists.

Go downstairs and drive a screw through the ceiling, the fan box, and the two-by-four. Before proceeding, make sure the screws have gone through the ceiling and are drilled securely in the wood.  

Step 2 - Install Bracket Box

If the ceiling doesn't already have a fan box, or it needs to be replaced, use a new bracket box. It's easy to find a new bracket box. Visit your local hardware and home improvement store to find this item. If there is a box, remove it and find a spot where you will be placing the new box.
Put the new bracket box into the hole from below. Place the bracket flat on the ceiling and wrench it tight. Make sure that 2 feet of the bracket pushes out and hooks on to the ceiling joists to hold the box in place.  

Importance of Reinforcing the Ceiling

Remember that ceiling fans way 30 pounds or more. The ceiling fan box is there to properly support the weight of the ceiling fan. It would be horrible if the ceiling fan came crashing down in the middle of your living room.  

An improperly mounted, secured, and reinforced ceiling fan can be a hazard. A ceiling fan usually needs additional support to ensure that it stays in place after you have mounted it on the ceiling. Luckily, reinforcing and prepping a ceiling is fairly easy for most homeowners to do on their own.

Remember to always disconnect the power supply to the ceiling fan before starting a project of this type. Of course, you will have to remove the fan blades and the fan if a unit is already in place.  

Having a ceiling fan in your home is a good way to keep things cool in the summer, and improve air circulation. A ceiling fan is also ideal for maintaining a warm and even air temperature in the winter, although most people don't realize fans can be used in such a  manner.

Ceiling fans use very little electricity and are energy efficient. They are perfect if you want to lower your electricity bill and make more efficient use of your heating and air conditioning system.