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Old 09-16-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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New Ceiling fan - elec run a little short


Hey guys,

I am installing a new ceiling fan in my parents house and when I took out the old fixture, I found the wire to be short for mounting the ceiling fan. Meaning the junction box that comes with the mounting for the ceiling fan will only make it if you pull the electrical in the ceiling fan leaving a lot of tension.

Originally, I was going to mount another junction box in the ceiling where I would pig tail and run over to the ceiling fans box.

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Are you saying the wiring in the ceiling box is too short? Add additional length with a splice.

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Also make sure the box can support the weight of the fan. You shouldn't install a ceiling fan if the box is just a simple plastic nail on. You need a heavier duty box for that application.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:55 PM   #4
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Update:

I installed a support between the two ceiling rafters in the attic that has a junction box already fastened to it. Feels like I could do a pull up on the bar and my ceiling fan is only 25lbs-45lbs.

Also, I picked up some additional Romex type nm-b 14/2 and one of the blue junction boxes to secure into the rafter. The plan now is to splice / pigtail (not sure on terminology) with wire nuts and secure junction box to rafter in attic.

Tonight, I will take pictures and update you guys on how everything is going .
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