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Old 01-05-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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first post here. sorry my first is help needed. it is a box mounted to the ceiling at the peak. had a ceiling fan on it and now has dropped down some. I removed the ceiling fan but now i need some suggestions on how to get it secured back up. I put some 8" lag screws in but i cant tighten them anymore, the wood starts to crack. i have very limited access in the attic. I tried to put some construction adhesive jack it back up and then tighten the screws but that didn't work.

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Did you predrill the holes for the lag screws? The lags are prolly to large a diameter and are expandin the old wood.

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Old 01-05-2008, 09:47 PM   #3
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Yes i pre-drilled the holes 3/8 x 8.
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You do not need 8" lag bolts for this. They sell special boxes for ceiling fans that have all you need to affix the fan to the joist. Go to any of the Borgs or your local electrical supply company.
The issue with these fans isn't just the box to the joist but also the fan to the box. A regular 4" box will not address that problem.
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What kind of backing are you screwing into? Can you see the wood you are trying to attach the box to? If not you should be able to cut some of the drywall away and see what you are screwing into and make sure it is solid.
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screwing into a 2x4 was holding there for a while had to put it back up a year or so i fell completely down then hanging by the power cord. want to secure the beam.
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is the beam solid, or a box beam?
if it's a box, then it'll most likely have to come down to reattach the mounting plate.
if it's a solid beam, you may have to put some gusset plates in the attic space to give additional support, if the original mounting spots have given it up..........a couple of close up photos would help a bunch
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It's possible a shim or block has shifted since the beam dropped and is now in the way of the beam returning to its original tight position. You'll most likely need to take it down and remount.
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Try this, as Ron stated The big chain store carry them as well.
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