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Old 06-20-2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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I have an outdoor receptical on my patio. I would like to extend this out side of the brick so I can run conduit from the box to a wall switch, and then on to the cieling and on to the fan.

Based on the nail holes in the celing plywood, I think I can find a 2x6 very close to where I want the fan box. I would drill the fan box and put a couple of lag screws through the box and into the 2x6.

I have never worked with outdoor wiring components. Should I use metal or plastic. I feel I need metal for the fan box. Does anyone have examples of the components that would work well for this outdoor installation?

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I have an outdoor receptical on my patio.
Make sure the fan and its controls are compatible with a GFCI/AFCI. The manuf. would know this.

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take a picture and it would be real easy to jump onto home depot or lowes website and give you a real quick layout
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take a picture and it would be real easy to jump onto home depot or lowes website and give you a real quick layout
Sorry Josh, but this is terrible advice. HD and Lowes are NOT, repeat: NOT, good places to get this sort of advice.

Here's a better idea: Take a picture and post it HERE. And the rockin' folks in electrical will be happy to help out.

I just installed two ceiling fans on my front porch. Here is a little useful advice: You need a Ceiling fan Rated box and or box/brace combination. You'll also need an outdoor rated ceiling fan - depending on your situation you may need a damp listed or wet listed fan.
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Ok, here is the picture. The outlet is at the bottom of the picture, a little left of center. The conduit could run straight up the wall, up to the patio ceiling, and then over to the center, just out of the photo by about a foot.
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I'm just not sure of how to tie into that box with conduit
And conduit up the brick is not going to look good
Is there any soffit, attic etc where you can bring a line into the ceiling ?
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You could mount a surface raceway extension box over the current box. You would then continue using the surface raceway. AFAIK they do not make a fan rated box so you will need additional support for your fan.

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shame to ruin look by running conduit up brick. Are you able to go from other side up thru ceiling and over?

I am no electrician but I believe you would need three wires running up to certified box(most DIY stores have the ceiling fan-rated boxes) and wire her up. You may be able to circumvent switch box if you use pull chains or remote for fan/light
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The wiremold may work ok on this useage due it is a damp location otherwise run in the EMT or PVC conduit and you will need WP box if your local inspector required it and MAKE sure you get the lag bolts right in the studs otherwise you will have to make a bracket to support it.

And keep the fan blade at least 7 feet or higher AFF.


Now Josh.,

Just don't go there with their advise I am not going to comment on that part but they don't alway be aware with the code requirements.

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