ceiling fan reinforcementA ceiling fan typically weighs more than your average light fixture. So if you are replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan, make sure the box in the ceiling is not only able to support the weight of a ceiling fan, but also that it is rock solid and doesn’t move. If the box has any flex in it, the fan will wobble.

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A good way to avoid a wobbling ceiling fan is to install a brace bar. It makes for a solid foundation. You will need to remove the old box from the ceiling (turn off the power before doing this). It may either unscrew or you may have to run a saw blade between the outside of the box and the ceiling drywall. Be careful here not to damage any wiring.

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The brace bar will have some sharp spikes at either end of it. These spikes dig into the ceiling joists to hold it in place. You place one end into the ceiling hole and then the other end and center the bar over the hole. Then turn the bar and it will push the legs outward toward the joists. When you meet resistance, give it an extra turn to seat the spikes.

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With the bar centered over the hole in the ceiling, connect the box to the bar. There is a “U” shaped bolt that hangs over the bar for this. The box connects to the “U” bolt and hangs in place. Connect the electrical cable with a clamp and install the ceiling fan as normal.

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