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jayleekay 04-11-2011 01:51 PM

New and in need of help
Hello there! I thought I'd go ahead and introduce myself. My name is Jason and I'm a new homeowner. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to doing just about anything. We're currently in the process of fixing up our new house before we move in. Painting, flooring, landscaping, you name it.

Here's my first major headache. The previous owners never really paid much attention to their ceiling fans. We have 3 fans and all have something wrong with them. The particular fan I'm working on I'm just going to replace. So, I took out the old-timey bracer bar that was nailed into the joists. I bought me one of those fancy new Westinghouse Saf-t-braces. I think they're fantastic.After tightening the brace up to the joists I started to install the outlet box that came with it. It's a 1 1/2 standard ceiling fan outlet box. It's recessed into the ceiling somehow. Our ceiling has to be pretty standard, but for some crazy reason the outlet box does not sit flush with the ceiling. Has anyone ever heard of anything like that before?

I measured from the brace to the top of the ceiling and it's 1 7/8ths. So a 3/8th in difference between the bottom of the outlet box and the ceiling. Any suggestions? I'd reaaaaallly appreciate it.

SD515 04-11-2011 02:00 PM

You can get those brace kits with a deeper box. (one idea). You might see if you can rotate the 'stands' on the end of the adjuster bar...might get it to lower down the box.

jayleekay 04-11-2011 02:02 PM

If I rotate the bar, wouldn't it take away some of the support of the fan? I don't want any wobble out of my new fan :)

I was looking into those other braces, the ones with the 2 1/8th box. But it seemed like the brace feet were higher, offsetting the size of the box.

SD515 04-11-2011 02:12 PM

I used a deep box kit in my dining room last year. Worked nice. The feet at the end of the bar stabilize and set the height. The spur on them gets driven into the joist when you tighten the bar, and thats where the holding power is.

jayleekay 04-11-2011 02:23 PM

You know, that makes total sense. I'll give it a shot tonight and report back.

SD515 04-11-2011 02:27 PM

Good luck ! :thumbsup:

jayleekay 04-11-2011 08:14 PM

So. I just tried, as an experiment, to loosen the brace and reseat it. Wouldn't you know it was almost perfect. So I tried it again. Now the outlet box is perfectly flush and level. I didn't get to finish the job because I ran out of dailight. So tomorrow I should be able to finish. I don't know why I didn't try reseating the brace. I feel like bonking myself. Thanks again!

SD515 04-12-2011 07:08 AM

D'oh !! :laughing:

Glad to hear it you got it flush. Good job ! :thumbsup:

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