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Old 05-25-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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Hello....

I just had a pergola built over my back patio. It has an 'open' roof with 2" x 8" cedar every 16" for runners. I was wondering if there was any way I could put a ceiling fan on this back patio. I figured at some point between the 16" spacing I could build a box out of cedar large enough to support the fan, stain it with water resistant stain, cover the top of the box with a sticky type roofing material they sell at lowes, and seal any areas where the wood comes together with clear silicone caulk.

Can this be done? I know I can build it and get electricity to it, but will the house burn down if it rains or if the wires are still wet from a past rain and we turn on the fan? Can the outdoor ceiling fans accomplish this, or when they say outdoor, do they mean semi-outdoor under a roofed covered patio?

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Old 05-25-2008, 10:44 PM   #2
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First off you would need to find a wet location fan, I've only seen damp location.

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Old 05-25-2008, 11:52 PM   #3
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This would definately be considered a wet location. The fan would be subject to direct spray in a rainstorm, snowstorm, or other moisture. If the entire pergola were covered, you might be able to get away with a damp location fan, depending on its protection from direct moisture.

I've never seen a wet location fan, but that doesn't mean they don't make one.
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Never heard of those types of fans. Did a quick search with the 'wet location' title and there seems to be a few on the internet. Thanks for guidance.
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Also, be sure that whatever wire/conduit you use is rated for the same. Can't use plain old NM romex for this.
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I recently bought a outdoor ceiling fan for a gazebo. The fan actually say's "wet locations". But even if the fan could run underwater how would I ever keep water out of the fan junction box and ceiling cover plate.
The fan is designed so water cannot enter the hanging pole and the blades are composite. But thats it. I would not trust it in a wet location.
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I bought a UL wet location fan, make sure it has UL wet rated stamp, you can spray it with a hose and it works fine
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I bought a UL wet location fan, make sure it has UL wet rated stamp, you can spray it with a hose and it works fine
Just so we all know, can you provide a manufacturer and model number?
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I will check and post tomorrow, I picked it up at Menards. It works great keeping the mosquitoes off you....the lil bastards cant land on you.
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Hi, I too am going to install a wet rated fan in an open patio. I found several ul rated wet ceiling fans online, and at resonable prices. icluding a wet location fan specific electrical box.
http://doitbest.com/Electrical+and+s...sku-500005.dib

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