Hi, Im in the process of hanging a ceiling fan- replacing a broken
I am trying to install the hanger bracket to the outlet box. I have
noticed that as I turn both screws on the hanger bracket, they keep on
turning as I turn them, they dont lock in place. It appears, I believe
that the threads are the cause of this. Can someone give me some
advice? This is an older house- so Im not dealing with sheetrock but
plaster. I could I suppose remove the outlet box and put a new one in,
but is there an easier fix?
The proper thing to do is use a fan support box. The Westinghouse 01100 is
made to go into existing ceilings through the four inch hole you already
have. these boxes use a 10/32 screw as opposed to an 8/32 of a lighting
outlet box. I believe this box is available at Home Depot
the box that is in there now can support a ceiling fan.. I do have the
correct size screw10/32... would some type of nut or washer do the
trick? or is it best to replace with a new fan support box?
If you've already got a fan box. The 10/32 screws should work. Some types of
fan boxes have the threaded taps through the back of the box so you need
long screws to reach them. If you can't get them tight, I'd replace the box
In alt.home.repair on 17 Jul 2005 20:45:06 -0700 "KOS"
If you're going into a hole with a bottom, and not a piece of sheet
metal, and you've reached the threads but it doesnt' grab, stuff a
wooden match stick or toothpick in the hole, hold it in, and break it
off when you're screw is in far enough.
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Unless it's a box rated for hanging a fan, you need to replace it
anyway. Having said that, make sure you're using the correct sized
screws. 6-32 and 8-32 are close enough in diameter to confuse some
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