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newbie9000 12-03-2012 03:23 PM

Ceiling Fan Fell Down!! Common??
 
Has anyone ever heard of a ceiling fan coming loose and falling? A rental house of mine has two ceiling fans outside and a few inside (installed previous to my possession of the home) and one of the outside ceiling fans fell down. Luckily no one was near it. It was off when it came down and the whole ceiling box didn't come down. The disconnection was at a "joint" within the fan assembly. Google searches only revealed a few instances and friends/coworkers I've polled have never heard of this happening.

Has anyone experienced this or heard of it? Or should I consider this just a freak accident?

Thanks.

jbfan 12-03-2012 03:41 PM

What do you mean joint?

I have seen them close to falling by being installed in a non ceiling fan box.

Should be moved to the electrical section.

danpik 12-03-2012 04:54 PM

A while back here on the forum someone posted pictures of a fan that fell while it was running. Somehow the connection point for the shaft to the mounting plate failed and allowed the fan to fall twisting the wires all up.
I have seen poor installations come loose .and have repaired more than my share of bad installs but never saw one come down

joecaption 12-03-2012 05:01 PM

Happens all the time.
Someone removes a ceiling light and thinks they can now hang a 25 lb. fan fron the same box, not going to happen.

mae-ling 12-03-2012 05:28 PM

where did it let go? can you post pics?
If it ripped tout of the box is common with using the wronge mounting.
But it sounds like the fan itself came apart?

noquacks 12-03-2012 06:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1065713)
Happens all the time.
Someone removes a ceiling light and thinks they can now hang a 25 lb. fan fron the same box, not going to happen.

exactly. hacks everywhere. many times, even very dangerous.

md2lgyk 12-03-2012 06:06 PM

Got to say I've never heard of this one. Doesn't surprise me though.

EnriqueIL 12-04-2012 11:39 PM

I have faced this type of situation near about one year ago due to loose installation. Luckily no one was near under the fan.

DIYGST 12-05-2012 12:08 AM

But I studied the code before and it does not say you need a ceiling box to use with a fan. Maybe this kind of thing are not part of the code more like common sense.

Previously I had a brown builder plastic box with 2 side nails holding a fan.. it held though but was not ideal..

tylernt 12-05-2012 09:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DIYGST (Post 1066622)
But I studied the code before and it does not say you need a ceiling box to use with a fan. Maybe this kind of thing are not part of the code more like common sense.

But it IS part of the code: see NEC 314.27.

jeffnc 12-05-2012 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1065713)
Happens all the time.
Someone removes a ceiling light and thinks they can now hang a 25 lb. fan fron the same box, not going to happen.

Yeah, they hang ceiling fans from regular boxes all the time. But actual failures are relatively rare. That's because stuff is mostly overengineered. Hell, a ceiling fan will hang by the wires alone if you put on the wire nuts correctly.

Bruntson 12-05-2012 08:05 PM

ceiling fan failure
 
I have seen many ceiling fans come loose/fall due to improper installation, poor quality fan parts, and even abuse by a tenant.

Since you have 2 outside fans and one failed at the joint, I would inspect that 2nd fan to ensure its joint is in good shape and not about to fail. Such an inspection might answer your question.

jacques1 05-24-2013 07:45 AM

It's a common matter seen so many times when ceiling fan fall down but luckily i don't heard that anyone suffered from the same.

Willie T 05-24-2013 08:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tylernt (Post 1066801)
But it IS part of the code: see NEC 314.27.

And there is even a 70 pound limit with the rated boxes. :thumbsup:

mj12 05-24-2013 11:05 PM

I can tell from this post who on here has lived over in Asia. Over there ceiling fans look like they are seconds from shooting across the room. Held in place by a thread. After a few years I have never seen one fall out. One room I rented the outlet, phone jack, tv mount, towel racks, light switch fell out of the wall. That ceiling fan never came loose.


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