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Old 06-29-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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Drop Electrical box for Ceiling Fan into Boxed in Beam


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I have a cathedral ceiling and am installing a boxed in wood beam. Currently, in the arch of the ceiling is an electrical conduit that runs power to a ceiling fan in the centre of the room. I need to drop the ceiling fan down and attach it to the surface of the boxed in beam.

How can I best do this? I'm hoping to recess the box into the beam if possible as to not have the fan too low in the room, as I'm already lowering it about 3 or 4 inches.

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Remove the existing box, extend the conduit to the new box location, and then pull in new wires which will reach the new box.

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Are you saying the conduit is exposed at the peak of the ceiling and coming into the side of the box?

As far as installing the electrical box in the beam, you just have to make sure the width of the beam will accommodate the box and that the box is well secured to a joist, rafter or brace.

If the conduit is exposed and coming into the side of the box, you will need to offset the conduit down and possibly replace the existing box with a deep box so you can still bring the conduit into the side while having enough of the box bottom exposed to fit into the cutout in the beam bottom and be flush.


  1. Is a standard box
  2. Is a deep box (there are deeper ones)
  3. and 4. are extension rings
Coming into the side of #1 will mean the box cannot be flush with the surface of the beam. Deep boxes and extension rings can solve this but I'm not a big fan of using extension rings with ceiling fans.
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I'm not a big fan of using extension rings with ceiling fans.
Is that because it isn't legal to hang a fan from one?
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Is that because it isn't legal to hang a fan from one?
Since when has that stopped a homeowner from doing it?
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Why even suggest it?
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Why even suggest it?
I didn't. I said install a deep box. The pic I found just happened to have extension rings in it, to which I gave my opinion.

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