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Old 10-01-2011, 09:58 AM   #1
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Best way to balance a cheap ceiling fan

I tackled the first project of setting up the new nursery this week; installing a ceiling fan. I actually re-purposed a 48" el-cheapo Harbor Breeze fan with 3-light kit that was installed in the den when we bought the house. The fan was way too small for the den, and the light kit was not bright enough, but it is the perfect fit for the nursery. I spray-painted each blade a different bright color, and hung the fan in the nursery.

It looks great, but it wobbles, which it did not do in the previous location. The fan is a ceiling-hugger (no downrod) and no leveling adjustment. The ceiling box is an old metal between-truss hanger box.

MY first thought is to go into the attic and attach a new octagon box to a piece of 2x4 across the trusses to make sure the box is secure and does not move. I'm sure that will help, but if I still have a wobble, what would be my next steps?


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Old 10-01-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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Easy....use a tape measure and measure from the front of the blade to the ceiling and then from the back of the blade to the ceiling....adjust (twist) all blades so the front to back difference is the same. You can't depend on the actual distance to the ceiling unless you can prevent the fan from moving on it's axis.


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The old box is probably not rated for fan support and is inadequately rigid and is allowing the fan to wobble. A new box should be installed or if the box is not the sole support you can continue with the current box. In this case the bracket would need to be secured to framing above the box.
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:46 PM   #4
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Replace the box with a fan-rated box. Westinghouse Saf-T-Box from depot, easy to install from below (if the old box is removed) and surprisingly solid once installed. They are rated 50lbs or more.

Last place you want a spinning fan to fall out of the ceiling is a nursery!!
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Thanks for the input guys. I'll work on the box this week; until then the fan is staying off and I'm just using the light.
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