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Old 09-08-2012, 09:46 PM   #16
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Can you attach ceiling fan to joist?


On espisodes of this old house they have installed wiring not to code like the pendant lights with two cables into a pancake box.

Plastic fan box are fine. There is a metal plate above the box that the screws thread into. As someone else said the box is only holding the splice, the weight is on the bracket.

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Old 09-08-2012, 09:50 PM   #17
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Can you attach ceiling fan to joist?


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Again, no I would not use it. And no those are not larger lag screws. And Yes, I have seen a fan pull one out of a joist.
Those lags are larger, IIRC they are around a 1/4" or 5/16" lag about 2" long. Plenty of support for a fan.

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