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Old 10-16-2008, 11:19 AM   #1
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I am replacing an old bathroom fan with a new fan. The old fan is a rectangle shaped therefore the hole in the ceiling is the same shape. The new fan is round. I included the pictures.

If I take a scrap drywall and cut to the same size of the existing opening and then cut a round opening, will the new drywall stay in tact without falling apart? The existing opening is measured 9"x7 1/4" and the new grille is 5 1/2" diameter. There won't be any weight from the fan and grille resting on the new piece of the drywall because the fan box will be screwed into the ceiling joist and the grille will be snapped into the fan box itself.

Furthermore, the motor is going to be mounted nearby and connect via insulated duct tube.

I can make the hold bigger so there is more area of the new piece to cut the round opening. I can also add 2x4 so I can nail the new piece into it for additional holding strength, if that is a needed step instead just spackle the piece into the hole.

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Old 10-16-2008, 01:06 PM   #2
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I can make the hold bigger so there is more area of the new piece to cut the round opening. I can also add 2x4 so I can nail the new piece into it for additional holding strength
I'd cut the existing drywall back to the joists and screw 2x2's to the sides of the joists for your new drywall support. I'd also secure pieces of scrap 1x perpendicular to the joists overlapping the existing and new drywall joints.

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Old 10-16-2008, 01:48 PM   #3
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cut out a larger section of drywall so you can properly attach it to the joists as stated above. While the fan itself looks like it doesn't weight too much, its better to be safe then sorry.

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I will go to home depot to change the fan to the same shape to save all the hassle...

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I will go to home depot to change the fan to the same shape to save all the hassle...
that works too...

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that works too...
I like that idea too!

In either case, I would suggest using a piece of plywood secured to the joists.
It will support the fan and the drywall filler can be screwed to it also.
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I will go to home depot to change the fan to the same shape to save all the hassle...
umm...I never said I bought the fan from HD. It is Fantech so I ordered it. Beside I don't mind the extra work. It keeps me busy.

All is done. I just have to spackle the gap and nails, paint the bathroom and move on to our second bathroom.

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