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Old 08-28-2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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I have a new home and trying to replace a light fixture.
I removed the existing fixture which was held in place by only one screw.
I expected to see the electrical box set up better than it currently is.

See attached image - the arrow is where the one screw was.

Do I log a ticket with my builder to get this fixed or is this standard installation for a ceiling light electrical box?
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:25 AM   #2
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Are you sure there's not a bracket between the joists?

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There is wood above that box inline with the oblong holes. The box is held up by the center screw.

You should be able to use two wood screws to hold the fixture bracket up.
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Thanks Jim - did not know that and appreciate the assistance
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For info purposed: that box is made for a ceiling fan. The fan bracket is attached with wood screws through the 2 slotted holes. Those holes are in line with a ceiling joist.
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Thanks - I learned a lot in the past couple posts.
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Looks like the one he has is metal and only has the recessed electrical box on one side of the joist. Same idea though.
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John

Looks like the one he has is metal and only has the recessed electrical box on one side of the joist. Same idea though.
Just a guess. Could not tell with all the over spray.............Thanks
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One last (hopefully) dumb question
For the screws like john has in his pic. do I need to drill pilot holes first before I use those wood screws, or would you expect those to be self-tapping?
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One last (hopefully) dumb question
For the screws like john has in his pic. do I need to drill pilot holes first before I use those wood screws, or would you expect those to be self-tapping?
Self tapping.
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John

Looks like the one he has is metal and only has the recessed electrical box on one side of the joist. Same idea though.
Its plastic, I use those all the time.

Different brand, but you get the idea...


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