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Old 12-07-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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ceiling fan box not centered... can I junction to a new one?


So... after a couple months of remodeling, the big day was today: DRYWALL went back up! Of course then you see all the mistakes

One of our mistakes was we centered a box for a ceiling fan about 1 foot away from where it actually needs to be.

Drywallers just hung the drywall today, and it would be only 1 sheet of drywall to pull down to relocate the ceiling fan box. Drywallers are ok with this...



The problem is there isn't any slack on the romex
to move it in the direction it needs to go ...... do I have any code-legal options here?
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:12 PM   #2
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Any junction box must be accessible with a cover



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Hmm... what's the smallest legal junction box size? I could be happy with a cover the size of a quarter
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Smallest I have seen is the size of a reg outlet box



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could a "cover" be round and made out of sheetrock?

Ugh. No fun.... I think this ceiling fan location is destined to be a large rectangular light something like this:

http://www.lightinguniverse.com/flus...l?isku=1748253

so I can "center" it in the room (and connect the cables at the far end of the light).

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Is there an attic space or upstairs where you can get to it?
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Not very easily. The sheetrock just went back up and there are freshly laid R-38 batts up there.

I'll figure something out here... probably will just get a long rectangular decorative light that I can offset on the electrical box (and in turn "center" in the area).
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You can take the box off the wood put the other wire in the box splice it put a cap on it and put it back above the sheet rock as long as it's accessible from above.
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