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Old 01-16-2013, 09:33 PM   #16
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I removed the pipe fitting only to find another capped off pipe which is shorter.
That would likely be the gas line. Do NOT remove the cap without turning off the gas first. It could still be charged with gas.

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Old 01-16-2013, 09:53 PM   #17
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THANK YOU for this!
Maybe hearing it from another homeowner and not an over-priced electrician will have it sink in.
You're welcome. I went thru a 2 year commercial and residential wiring program at the local tech college before changing to auto tech. I'm familiar with most household wiring, but no reason to take chances...I'll be in this house for a very long time (hopefully), I'd rather have it done right and safe and have the paper trail to back it up (there are many attorneys in my extended family, I've heard some real horror stories). I hope the OP goes the distance on it and does it right.
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Either way, should probably be replaced. I dont know what they call it, but I have seen it in a house I replaced a vanity light. Older house, not as old. Wiring was so deteriorated I had to put a jct in the attic and run new wiring to the box. I simply just unscrewed the treaded part (and unless yours is black iron pipe - highly doubt it was a gas line for lighting, but could be wrong) anyhow, as I said, I just unscrewed, and if I recall it wasnt easy, and reinstalled new light fixture with mounting bracket. Sorry.
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Either way, should probably be replaced. I dont know what they call it, but I have seen it in a house I replaced a vanity light. Older house, not as old. Wiring was so deteriorated I had to put a jct in the attic and run new wiring to the box. I simply just unscrewed the threaded part (and unless yours is black iron pipe - highly doubt it was a gas line for lighting, but could be wrong) anyhow, as I said, I just unscrewed, and if I recall it wasnt easy, and reinstalled new light fixture with mounting bracket. Sorry.
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I just rent and do not own the home so I cannot do any major work in this house. I am not ignoring you and I understand completely. But I am only a renter.
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Your new pendant light should come with everything you need (except tools of course) to hang the fixture, for us its a question if the new lighting bracket can be attached to the existing ceiling box. Sort of hard to tell from the pictures
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here are more pics after I removed the threader pipe. You can see the small protruding pipe is plugged. When the ceiling fan was up it was attached to the threader that I removed from the pipe that is plugged. Just got an email from landlords son who said there are no gas pipes up in the ceiling. So that is not a gas pipe.
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I just rent and do not own the home so I cannot do any major work in this house. I am not ignoring you and I understand completely. But I am only a renter.
I wrote the underline this part I think it will be much wiser to call in electrician due there is couple issue I can see it from the photo allready.

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If you compare the diameter of the center stud in the ceiling box, I think you will find its larger than the threaded hole your new bracket will have. I recall having the same issue, and had to resort to finding and older bracket with a larger center hole to fit around that stud. maybe its not an option for you, but to avoid the fustration for you, its best to or find someone to replace that electrical box, with a new modern that will accomodate your mounting bracket. Unless you can remove that center stud completely, I honestly believe its not going to work for you. Thanks for supplying the pictures.
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I guess I will just put everything back including the ceiling fan just the way it was..I am not paying for an electrician...not my property. That fan has been in there since 1999 when I moved in, I guess its going back...Thanks for all the input much appreciated. Will pass info on to landlord though..
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Its too bad the landlord wont help you out! If you bought the lamp, at least he/she could have it installed for you. Might be worth asking, but you know them better than we do?? Sorry for your disappointment. Unfortunately, not everything is straight forward and a quick fix when it comes to electrical issues>>>

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