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sarms 07-09-2012 06:28 PM

Installing a ceiling fan
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Okay so I was planning on installing a new ceiling fan in the master bedroom, which I started by taking off the old one, then I found a flat circle mounted on the ceiling with two bolts. I cant tell if its a pancake box or what? Because when I try to install the mounting bracket for the new fan the screws are too thick for the bracket. Now what to do ?

Thanks for the feedback

I tried attaching a picture

freedomlives 08-06-2012 04:43 PM

I think what you see there was supposed to be attached to a proper junction box and instead got screwed directly to a stud. I would take that thing off and install a proper, fan supporting junction box.

stickboy1375 08-06-2012 04:49 PM

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You need an electrical box regardless, whether it's fan rated or not depends on if you can mount the fan to the structure or not. You have a few choices depending on the actual joist location.

In your picture, looks like your best option would be to purchase a pancake fan rated box and secure the fan box to the joist itself, then the fan to the fan rated box. That is if there is actually a joist holding up the original fan. :)

MisterZ 08-06-2012 05:21 PM

Wow, are those wires just pulled thru the plaster? :o

stickboy1375 08-06-2012 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by MisterZ (Post 982904)
Wow, are those wires just pulled thru the plaster? :o

Dont seem so surprised... it's pretty common. :furious:

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