Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-30-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 73
Share |
Default

ceiling fan box


Will be installing a ceiling fan in the living room soon. Well, as soon as my wife finds one she likes. Could be 2016 by then...

Any ideas/opinions on what type of ceiling box is best for a 46"-52" fan with a light? It's between two switches, so will have two 12/3 cables entering. The room is open to the joists, so any type of box can be installed pretty easily. Just not sure what I need.

Any advice is appreciated.

Bill

itin1200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 05:10 AM   #2
Member
 
dSilanskas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Posts: 474
Default

ceiling fan box


First of all you only need a 14/3 romex not a 12/3. That is a little over kill unless the room is wired in 12.... Anyways there are many types of fan rated boxes you can use. However if you have open joists I recommend this box but you really can go with whatever box is fan rated.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Good luck and make sure your working with dead circuits

dSilanskas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 08:43 AM   #3
Licensed electrician
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,316
Default

ceiling fan box


You may want to run the cables a different way to cut down on the amount of splicing in the fan box. This will be especially true with a remote receiver.
__________________
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
Jim Port is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 09:41 AM   #4
Master Electrician
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 2,755
Default

ceiling fan box


Assuming your situation is a 3-way with the two 12-3s, you definitely need a deep box similar to the one pictured previously.
brric is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 10:54 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 73
Default

ceiling fan box


Thanks for the replies.

Took another look at it this morning in the light of day and with some coffee on board.

Will certainly be easy enough to run the 12/3 between switches and end run into the fan/light with just one cable. Will definitely reduce number of conductors in the box. Wasn't thinking too clearly last night after a 14 hour day...

dSilanskas, our local HD didn't have that box in stock a couple days ago. I'll have to look around. A problem we will have is that this is an old house with full 2X framing lumber. Most of the joist and stud bays are about 13.5 inches, so will probably have to cut the bar down a bit. A reviewer on Amazon did just that and was very happy with the result. I've done it with sliding bar Carlon boxes with good results, too.

And as for the 12 vs. 14 wire, I like 12 better. True, it's harder to work with at times, but gives me a little peace of mind. And future proofs a little.

Thanks again.

Bill
itin1200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sagging ceiling timbo59 Drywall & Plaster 8 07-02-2010 12:15 PM
Ceiling condensation icemand Building & Construction 1 12-15-2009 05:16 AM
Old ceiling replacement idsp General DIY Discussions 12 07-25-2009 10:48 AM
Advice for installing ceiling fan Ceiling Fan Man Electrical 5 06-02-2009 04:18 PM
Pot lights in a drop ceiling Howdy Electrical 3 03-14-2008 08:23 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.