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Old 05-20-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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Ceiling fan box is wobbly. Will it be ok?


Just installed one of these:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-1-...8#.UZoRbNgZ9Uw

I can easily move it around with my hand. Does this mean the fan will wobble or once the fan is pulled up to the drywall it will hold it firmly? I realize I should have probably purchased a better box, but drywall is up and fastened and I prefer to not have to drop it again. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.

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Just installed one of these:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-1-...8#.UZoRbNgZ9Uw

I can easily move it around with my hand. Does this mean the fan will wobble or once the fan is pulled up to the drywall it will hold it firmly? I realize I should have probably purchased a better box, but drywall is up and fastened and I prefer to not have to drop it again. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
Did you tighten the two screws inside the box that tighten it to the hanger bar?

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I did. I guess I can try to tighten them more, but they were pretty tight.
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Does only the box move or the box and bracket?
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Despite the description in the HD link, that box and bracket does not look to be fan rated. I would replace it.
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Only the box moves, the bracket is firmly in place.

Jim, please elaborate. Thanks!
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Also, I pulled down on the bar and it should hold over 100lbs from what I saw, it's just the box is wobbly. I'll try to tighten it more and see what happens. I'm just hoping the fan will pull up to the drywall and lock it in place. I haven't purchased the fan yet, otherwise I would just install it temporarily to see what happens. Thanks for the help.
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That box looks like the standard box for a ceiling fixture. The support bar is not as robust as one for a fan, nor do I see a metal plate on the top of the box for the mounting screws. Also the box should be labeled or have a sticker that tell you acceptable for fan support.

Carlon does not show a fan rated box that is blue.
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Hmm, interesting. It is rated for 50lbs and I would really love to leave it up. Maybe I'll try to find a fan I like and test it out. I might even be able to remove it without dropping the ceiling and then use a beefy old work box in its place.
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You need to use an old work fan rated box and bracket.
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Hmm, interesting. It is rated for 50lbs and I would really love to leave it up. Maybe I'll try to find a fan I like and test it out. I might even be able to remove it without dropping the ceiling and then use a beefy old work box in its place.
That box is not fan rated and will be a code violation if you use it to install a fan.

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Maybe I'll try to find a fan I like and test it out.
Testing Lab, Shmesting Lab. What do they know. I'll just put the fan up and see if it seems like it will stay there. Why not just use the correct product? There are too many OW fan work boxes available that work thru the existing box hole to count.

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Hmm, interesting. It is rated for 50lbs and I would really love to leave it up.
Yes it may be rated for 50lbs but that's a deadweight rating like a chandelier. Ceiling fans are quite different in that they spin and create side-to-side wobble in fixtures that aren't rated for them. People do things the wrong way all the time. I understand you don't want cut the drywall but it's a small price to pay for piece of mind.
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Probably no need to do any drywall work. It can all be done through the existing hole.
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Plastic boxes and a fan don't mix.

Try this one:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Westingho...2#.UZoqi0pGSho

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