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Old 07-16-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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hey im trying to replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan... there is a metal electrical box already but i want to know an i gonna need to replace that with a fan rated box? is there anything else i should know? thank you

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Most metal boxes are fine to hang a fan onto. It might already be a fan rated box. How old is the house?

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Most metal boxes are fine to hang a fan onto. It might already be a fan rated box. How old is the house?
6 years old and thank you
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With the box being so new I would expect it to be labeled if it is a fan support box.

If the screws are only 8-32s it is not a fan rated box.

If the box is not the sole support for the fan no changes are necessary. The structure above the box would carry the weight.
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