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Old 11-15-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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Is there a particular box I would need to install? I have all the walls and ceilings open in my three bedrooms. There were NO ceiling fixtures or boxes. I want to add a celing fan in each of the bedrooms while I have the ceilings and walls open.

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Fan rated box: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item...electrical-box

You might want to also wire so you can control the lights and fan from separate switches. Not sure if you run 2 14-2s or 1 14-3 for that.

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Fan rated box: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item...electrical-box

You might want to also wire so you can control the lights and fan from separate switches. Not sure if you run 2 14-2s or 1 14-3 for that.

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RST Thank You! That is what I was looking for! I will do a little more research and find out about the wiring, because I want to operate the ceiling fan and the light seperate each from its own switch!
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Ceiling boxes must be rated for fan support. Find boxes that actually have a sticker on them stating they are good for up to 70# fans. The ones I've installed in my new house look like a typical plastic ceiling box but they have a metal bracket in addition to the two nails. Ceiling boxes rated for fans have separate mounting holes for the fan - they don't use the the little ears.
You will find fan rated boxes that mount on the bottom, on the side, and between ceiling joist.
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You're welcome, I'm glad I was able to help. Good luck with your project.

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You should install a 14/3 for the separate light/fan control. Use 12/3 if a 20 amp circuit is used.
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I put several fans in the house I've been building. Home Depot has a Westinghouse product that's a metal bracket attached to a metal fan box. It fits between two rafters. Probably costs a bit more, but installation is easy and doesn't even require any tools.
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I put several fans in the house I've been building. Home Depot has a Westinghouse product that's a metal bracket attached to a metal fan box. It fits between two rafters. Probably costs a bit more, but installation is easy and doesn't even require any tools.
They make two types, westinghouse. First is a slide brack that get put fir rough framing. The seconnd is for old work. When putting in the slider, acount for any strapping or shhet rock. I didn't and i ended up cutting it out of finished ceiling after plaster. Everthing went well. My advice, use the old work one you can tak it iut at any time. The one it the picture is a slider type that needs to be nailed. Good luck.
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RST Thank You! That is what I was looking for! I will do a little more research and find out about the wiring, because I want to operate the ceiling fan and the light seperate each from its own switch!
Wiring the light separate is a piece of cake, the fan should have a hot for the fan and a separate hot for the light. If you are having the fan and light switches together you can just run a single 12-3 from the switch box and have the black serve the light and the red serve the fan. When I put in my bedroom fan I just cheated. Since I already had an always on wire in my fan box going to plugs in the back of the room I just wired my fan to that and had the light going to the original light switch.
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RST Thank You! That is what I was looking for! I will do a little more research and find out about the wiring, because I want to operate the ceiling fan and the light seperate each from its own switch!
If you buy a hampton bay home depot special, the come with remotes. You bypass the remote reciever and use a three position and not a variable speed switch
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THANK YOU ALL for the information it is very benificial! I appreciated it!

But first I have to figure out how in God's Name these wires were run! See my hippie post?!

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When I wired our house in 96, I placed the fan switch next to the head of my bed. My wife thinks that a rotating ceiling fan is a right of life. I could care less for that fan and often turn it off.
I also placed there a 3-way switch for the MB light and 3-way switches for my corner front and rear outdoor security lights. If I hear a noise that awakens me during the night those lights are on in a flash.
I only wish now that I wired a reading light over the bed and a 3-way switch for the coffee maker. LOL
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When I wired our house in 96, I placed the fan switch next to the head of my bed. My wife thinks that a rotating ceiling fan is a right of life. I could care less for that fan and often turn it off.
I also placed there a 3-way switch for the MB light and 3-way switches for my corner front and rear outdoor security lights. If I hear a noise that awakens me during the night those lights are on in a flash.
I only wish now that I wired a reading light over the bed and a 3-way switch for the coffee maker. LOL
Thats a good idea for my next house.

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