||10-29-2010 03:51 PM
Replacing Bathroom Light with Fan
I'm replacing a bathroom ceiling light with a new exhaust fan. This is the kind of fixture with a built-in light in addition to the fan so I won't need a separate light fixture.
There's an existing junction box. It looks like I do not need a junction box for the fan (and indeed it looks like it would be in the way of the fan housing). Is that right?
What do I do with the existing junction box? There are several wires that connect at the existing junction box location. I removed the ceiling drywall as it had water damage, so I can see where they go--at least one goes to the wall switch, it looks like one goes to a GFCI outlet in the bathroom, and one set goes to the vanity light and outlet built in to the medicine cabinet. And of course one was for the light fixture I've removed, which I will use for the fan.
I understand that it's against code to cover up a junction box with drywall. What's the safest and most aesthetically pleasing thing to do? Should I just cover it up with a junction box cover? It will look a little funny on the ceiling, I think. Can I use the fan housing as the junction box? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!