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Can anyone identify this? There was a ceiling fan and I want to put up a pendant light. Can this be done? I want to know if I can remove the pipe without removing everything. It is a plaster ceiling. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Pipe could have been for gas at one time. Don't know if you can remove it safely or not.
 

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And it looks like they just cut right through a ceiling joist, a big no no.
Going to have to check that out from above to see what's up.
 
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Can you access that from above? A lot of old boxed like that had the down tube installed to suppert the light that hung from it. Most of the time it can be removed. Joe, that looks like furring strips to me
 

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I see that now, looks like a pan box attached to the bottom of the rafter, my bad.
 
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CALL AN ELECTRICIAN.

That box needs to be replaced in order to hand a modern fixture, and it's not a simple job. This is an extremely common issue around here in old homes.
 

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Thanks so much for the quick response from everyone. I just found out that at one time there was gas lighting in this house. I have lived here since 1999 and there has always been a kitchen light up there as was for the previous owners from 1961 to 1999. Never had any problems. Ok so my next question would be, How do I hang a pendant light from this? Do I need to buy anything
special? My Pendant light is very lightweight. The ceiling fan that I took down was much heavier.do I need a bracket of some kind to hold this pendant light? Thanks so much in advance.
 

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Ok so my next question would be, How do I hang a pendant light from this? Do I need to buy anything
special? My Pendant light is very lightweight. The ceiling fan that I took down was much heavier.do I need a bracket of some kind to hold this pendant light? Thanks so much in advance.
Once again, you need to replace the box.
Regardless of what was there before,there is no legal or safe way to hang a new fixture from that iron box.
 

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I removed the pipe fitting only to find another capped off pipe which is shorter. There is no attic above my kitchen ceiling but the bathroom. I found out from owners son that long ago there was gas lighting in here. The gas has been cut off back in the 50's. The ceiling is plaster and lathe and I am not going to remove anything that is already there. The wires are hard and bendable. I am thinking about getting the sleeves which slide over the wires and you heat them up to adhere. Also any input on the type of bracket to use to hang the pendant. I have attached a picture of the light I want to hang. It is very lightweight(not more than 5-6lbs). Thanks
 

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Welcome to the joys of old home ownership. We redid our master bedroom shortly after moving in 2 years ago. It's a big room (23'x14') and had 2 ceiling fixtures, one with a fan. I had to tear down the plaster & lath ceiling (huge mess), remove the old gas light lines, and have an electrician friend run new Romex and put in new boxes as it was all original knob and tube. All the outlets and 1st floor lights had been rewired already but the bedroom lights were left alone.

A lot of work for 2 new small fixtures? You bet. Was it worth it? Absolutely. No longer have to worry about the condition of the ceiling, the weird and possibly dangerous wiring, etc, and I know I can easily replace the new fixtures down the line.

The other bedrooms had dropped ceilings and were much easier to rewire, although its temporary until I work up the steam to do those ceilings too.

Could you attach the new fixture to what's there? Where there's a will, there's a way. Is it correct, legal, and safe? Nope.
 

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Once again, you need to replace the box.
Regardless of what was there before,there is no legal or safe way to hang a new fixture from that iron box.
I KNEW this post would simply be ignored. :whistling2:
 
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Welcome to the joys of old home ownership. We redid our master bedroom shortly after moving in 2 years ago. It's a big room (23'x14') and had 2 ceiling fixtures, one with a fan. I had to tear down the plaster & lath ceiling (huge mess), remove the old gas light lines, and have an electrician friend run new Romex and put in new boxes as it was all original knob and tube. All the outlets and 1st floor lights had been rewired already but the bedroom lights were left alone.

A lot of work for 2 new small fixtures? You bet. Was it worth it? Absolutely. No longer have to worry about the condition of the ceiling, the weird and possibly dangerous wiring, etc, and I know I can easily replace the new fixtures down the line.

The other bedrooms had dropped ceilings and were much easier to rewire, although its temporary until I work up the steam to do those ceilings too.

Could you attach the new fixture to what's there? Where there's a will, there's a way. Is it correct, legal, and safe? Nope.
THANK YOU for this!
Maybe hearing it from another homeowner and not an over-priced electrician will have it sink in.
 

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I removed the pipe fitting only to find another capped off pipe which is shorter.
That would likely be the gas line. Do NOT remove the cap without turning off the gas first. It could still be charged with gas.
 

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THANK YOU for this!
Maybe hearing it from another homeowner and not an over-priced electrician will have it sink in.
You're welcome. I went thru a 2 year commercial and residential wiring program at the local tech college before changing to auto tech. I'm familiar with most household wiring, but no reason to take chances...I'll be in this house for a very long time (hopefully), I'd rather have it done right and safe and have the paper trail to back it up (there are many attorneys in my extended family, I've heard some real horror stories). I hope the OP goes the distance on it and does it right.
 

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Either way, should probably be replaced. I dont know what they call it, but I have seen it in a house I replaced a vanity light. Older house, not as old. Wiring was so deteriorated I had to put a jct in the attic and run new wiring to the box. I simply just unscrewed the treaded part (and unless yours is black iron pipe - highly doubt it was a gas line for lighting, but could be wrong) anyhow, as I said, I just unscrewed, and if I recall it wasnt easy, and reinstalled new light fixture with mounting bracket. Sorry.
 

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Either way, should probably be replaced. I dont know what they call it, but I have seen it in a house I replaced a vanity light. Older house, not as old. Wiring was so deteriorated I had to put a jct in the attic and run new wiring to the box. I simply just unscrewed the threaded part (and unless yours is black iron pipe - highly doubt it was a gas line for lighting, but could be wrong) anyhow, as I said, I just unscrewed, and if I recall it wasnt easy, and reinstalled new light fixture with mounting bracket. Sorry.
 

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I just rent and do not own the home so I cannot do any major work in this house. I am not ignoring you and I understand completely. But I am only a renter.
 
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