Man I Need My Dad Back! - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-17-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10

Man I need my dad back!

My dad was an electrician and passed away. I am trying to make him proud by doing a simple task and truly failing and have no one to give me advice. Please help! Big box stores are telling me I am out of luck and to hire an electrician . I want to instal a ceiling fan. Read the directions, heavy, but easy right? Not in my house! This old thing was built in 1917 so everything turns into somthing big. Plaster ceilings. Took off all the light shades and no holes ugh....proudly bought a 4 inch bit and drilled...and drilled and drilled. I went through plaster, wood, plaster. Joints and studs in all different directions....not like normally or evenly spread apart. Its like someone just threw the house together (this is the only funny part hahaha). I went and bought the ...I think its called electrical junction box? for a ceiling fan. I got home and couldn't screw it to the 2x4s or joints. I went back and they gave me one with a sort of side brace. I happily went home but stuck it in and here is the problem...when I put it in it is not flush with the ceiling like the directions say it should be. It is like 3 inches too high! It was all that layering before I got to the ceiling. So I went back to the store and they had another solution. Yeah! Right? no. They gave me a bracket type thing that looked easy to install to hang a box from. But the bracket thing is for 16-24 inches. Remember all of my wood is oddly placed. The ost space I have in one spot is about 7 inches They said those are the 2 choices. There has to be a way to fix it. Dad would. Can anyone help? Thanks SOOOO much!


eokhuijzen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
DIY staff

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 25,728
Rewards Points: 7,174

Post a picture! Antique houses always require a bit of inventive thinking.

Pictures will help----once the box is installed---what kind of wiring do you have?---Mike---


New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 05:18 PM   #3
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lee county FL
Posts: 407
Rewards Points: 280

A pic is worth a thousand words! Do you have access to it from above?

I know what you mean, but the internet has given me the Dad, Uncles, and older brothers I no longer have. It's a dysfunctional family, I know cause I'm in it.
JIm 0311
jjrbus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
Licensed electrician
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 10,799
Rewards Points: 1,752

Given that amount of depth you may be able to add some wood to frame the box downward so it sits flush.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
Jim Port is online now   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Should I paint before I put drywall back up? Dave K Painting 1 05-13-2011 02:25 PM
Re-shaping back yard, tilling and other questions fox_forma Landscaping & Lawn Care 12 03-15-2011 04:51 AM
Gas Furnace Shuts off and doesn't turn back on jamesd HVAC 6 03-22-2009 06:45 PM
Insulation in back of the knee wall Vermont1 Roofing/Siding 1 03-09-2009 05:03 PM
Proper way to back brush bluefitness Painting 1 02-17-2009 09:34 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1