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Old 07-16-2008, 11:03 AM   #1
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Would it be impossible, or very difficult to install a ceiling fan in a living room where there is no access above the living room due to a finished attic? Can it be done strictly from underneathe?

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Yes. It will involve cutting into the ceiling and the walls to run the wire. Do you mean the attic has been turned into living space, or just finished out for storage?

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It has been finished for living space.
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Before you commit, make little inspection holes at critical points to see what you're up against.
It's just amazing, some of the things you find inside walls.

I recommend using flexible ductwork to vent to the outside so you can avoid obstacles, even though it has higher resistance to airflow.
The fan manu can provide distance/duct-diameter rules of thumb.

If it's up to code you may be able to vent to the nearest (return) duct.
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Before you commit, make little inspection holes at critical points to see what you're up against.
It's just amazing, some of the things you find inside walls.

I recommend using flexible ductwork to vent to the outside so you can avoid obstacles, even though it has higher resistance to airflow.
The fan manu can provide distance/duct-diameter rules of thumb.

If it's up to code you may be able to vent to the nearest (return) duct.
He wants to install a ceiling fan, not an exhaust fan. I highly doubt that you could ever connect an exhaust fan to a return duct!
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He wants to install a ceiling fan, not an exhaust fan. I highly doubt that you could ever connect an exhaust fan to a return duct!
That's a gotcha, fair and square!

If this fan-like device is over 35 pounds (1999 NEC) it needs to be supported by other than just the electrical box. . .right?

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I am also trying to install a Ceiling fan (in my living room) where there is not a receptacle and closed to overhead access... There is a recessed light operated by a switch about 5 ft away that I was thinking I could splice into, but I am hesitant and I don't want to break code.

Any one know for sure what the best way to do this is?
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I am also trying to install a Ceiling fan (in my living room) where there is not a receptacle and closed to overhead access... There is a recessed light operated by a switch about 5 ft away that I was thinking I could splice into, but I am hesitant and I don't want to break code.

Any one know for sure what the best way to do this is?
Use a fan bar such as this : http://www.arlcatalog.com/Fan_Fixtur...nstruction.htm

Or find a floor joist close to the location that you want, and use something like this: http://www.arlcatalog.com/Fan_Fixtur...ng%20Boxes.htm

Cut the holes necessary to run a wire either to that recess can, if you want them controlled by the same switch, or to the switch location if you want to add a switch. Or, if you wish to use a remote control, you can run to the nearest receptacle, for a constantly hot wire.
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The house was built in 2004 what wire (and were is the best place to get it)?
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The house was built in 2004 what wire (and were is the best place to get it)?
What size is the breaker feeding the lights. It may be #14 and a 15 amp breaker, or it could be #12 and a 20 amp breaker.

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You will have to drop the inside of the can to get to the junction box on the light, tie in your new wire to the fan and reinstall the light. It will be tight quarters.
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What size is the breaker feeding the lights. It may be #14 and a 15 amp breaker, or it could be #12 and a 20 amp breaker.

HD, Lowes a hardware store.

You will have to drop the inside of the can to get to the junction box on the light, tie in your new wire to the fan and reinstall the light. It will be tight quarters.
Thank you for the reply I am pretty sure its a 20 amp but I will verify. I am not too concerned about replacing the light cause the fan has a light on it Would it be o.k. just to cap it?

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