In my kitchen I have 5 recessed can lights mounted in an approximately 6'
circular pattern over the island. There is no attic access. I would like
to have a ceiling fan junction box added in the center of the circle of
downlights, wired to the same circuit as the lights. I won't require a
separate switch for the fan, as I will use the pull chain switch to control
it. There is no concern about wattage, as I am using CFLs in the
downlights that total only ~120 watts. The fan wattage will not exceed 100
I haven't called an electrician for prices yet. I live in the greater
Phoenix area. Any wild guesses as to what this might cost to have
installed? I can't manage doing the job myself as I have a back problem
that prevents me from being on a ladder.
The ceiling fan electrical box would need to be mounted to the ceiling wood
framing so it could support the fan. Depending on where the joists run in
the ceiling, this could be easy or require cutting out some drywall.
Then you would need someone to fix the drywall.
The electrical part should be easy. Should be able to tap into a nearby
fixture and run a wire to the fan.
So maybe a couple of hundred for just the electrical work.
As to the drywall work, these days it seems calling anyone out to do
anything is $100 just for them to show up! (Got to fill that truck up with
"Wayne Boatwright" wrote in message
In addition to what the other person said, costs this time will be very
related to your area. I found out it's a whole grunch cheaper here than
most places. Lowes here, will do it for 98$ but may leave you cosmetic
things with drywall to fix up?
One other person in a different thread layed out a cost of 289$ starter
figure for a fan with attic access. I'd come back with 50$ each in my case
but forgot to mention it was a package deal with other work. Mine would
have been about 75$ each if that was the only work done but they were
replacements of existing units (wires in place etc).
Be aware with your back (I share your problems there, DDD, 3 herniations)
that you will need help holding the fixture up if you are going to actually
plug it in. If you just do the box part in advance so they can tie to it,
probably same price if i read you right?
Thanks, Carol. Actually, I've recently had a new back problem recently (a
pinched nerve this time, I think), so it may not be me at all who puts up
the fan. If I can do it by the time the junction box is in place, I'll
definitely have help.
No, I don't intend to actually install the box, but I know the type I want
and will supply it to the electrician.
How is your back now, Carol?
Thats good you'll have help. 'Pinched Nerves' are so much fun.
Comes and goes in comfort levels. Denegerative Disc Disease (DDD) so it's
got it's good and bad days. One of those progressive things but with care I
am fairly normal as long as I dont lift stuff. I bring my daughter with me
shopping so she can handle the bigger stuff (she's 14) and at the same time
she's learned lots on how to economically shop plus gets more 'Mommie time'!
Anyways, the relation to this group is just that I have lots of tips but
often have to contract things out due to physical limits. There's a great
deal I can still do (such as just posted how we rescreened the porch for
another) but I couldnt hold a fan up for Don to put in place.
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