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07-May-2012, 08:51 PM #1
Hunter Ceiling Fan Mounting Problem
Hi,

I am trying to install a ceiling fan with a pre-wired box already installed in the ceiling( new construction).

The fan came with the mounting hardware. I drilled the recommended 9/64 inch pilot holes, but when i try to screw in the mount the screws will not go in. They got stripped and the threads literally wore down to nothing. The directions say these are for wood, but i think i may be screwing into metal.

do i simply have to get screws made for metal?

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08-May-2012, 04:08 AM #2
you do need to know what you are screwing into - often it would be the joist in the ceiling - or a piece of wood bridging the joists

do you know the material in the ceiling
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I drilled the recommended 9/64 inch pilot holes,
did it feel like wood or metal
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08-May-2012, 09:34 AM #3
it felt like metal. the screw defininitely didnt grab like it was going into wood. would i just need to get different screws? the ones provided says they are made for wood.
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08-May-2012, 09:38 AM #4
self tapping for metal - But i would want to know what it is i;m screwing into - cable conduit , for example would not be a good thing
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08-May-2012, 09:41 AM #5
i dont think there really is a way to tell. it is a condo building and the wired boxes were already installed when i moved in.

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09-May-2012, 11:12 AM #6
So you are installing a fan into a box in the ceiling. Is the house new? Is the box new?

You can tell a lot by looking at the box. Is it nailed to a stud on one side? Is there a board traversing the top of the box? Is there a bracket going across the top of the box ?

If there is a box there, can you see the information inside the box to determine if it is fan-rated?

You say you are "screwing" into something. Are you trying to screw into the screw holes in the box?
Do you have attic access above the fan box?

Sorry for all the questions. but the existing structure is relevant to
Ascertain if it's fan-worthy.
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