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Old 03-06-2010, 03:14 PM   #1
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Ceiling fan - adding a longer down rod?

I am relocating a ceiling fan from my dining room to my living room which has a cathedral ceiling. The fan currently has a 4 inch down rod and I want to change to a 2 foot down rod to get the fan down to the proper height. The wires are not long enough with the longer down rod to get to the ceiling junction box. ? Can I extend the wires with butt crimp splices (staggering the splices) and pull the splices into the down rod. Wires are 16 ga. stranded. Could the down rod be considered the junction box? The only other option is to take the fan apart and connect longer wires within the fan itself (not sure how difficult that will be).
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I agree with wirenut. winking. Yes, just use the butt splices.
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At the box stores, they sell downrod wiring extension, aka as butt splices and about 6 foot of #14 wire in black, white and green.

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Old 03-07-2010, 12:23 PM   #5
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There seems to be a consensus that others do as I do--although we don't admit to using butt splices within a down rod. David
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