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Old 03-02-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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I would like to install a ceiling fan over my dining room table. I have assembled many ceiling fans in the past so I know what is required. I have a plastic electrical box (not a metal fan rated one). There is no attic access so I can't replace the box. I was wondering if I could secure the fan to the wood stud beside the box and use the upper canopy ( shown in picture below) to cover everything.



I have seen this method discussed in a Home Depot "Wiring 123" book, so it's probably been carefully tested and safety ensured. What do you think?


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You can using a Smart box, or one of these http://menards.com/main/electrical/r...195-c-6431.htm or these http://menards.com/main/electrical/r...196-c-6431.htm

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If you dont want to move the existing hole and patch...
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Since when is a smart box fan rated?

never mind, just found one...

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Thanks for the reply! I was also wondering if it would be safe to mount the fan's bracket to the wood stud beside the electrical box.
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Thanks for the reply! I was also wondering if it would be safe to mount the fan's bracket to the wood stud beside the electrical box.
you need an electrical box regardless of any situation, but in a nutshell, fans either need to be supported by an electrical box that is FAN rated, or independently of the box but by the structure itself.... either or is acceptable... sounds like your BEST option is to remove the existing box, and replace it with a fan rated Smart Box...
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It takes a bit to find that one. http://www.smartboxinc.com/electrical_boxes.php#RND

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