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Some caviates

Posted by JT on September 12th, 1997 03:16 PM
In reply to Installing ceiling fans by Bruce Miller on August 10th, 1997 10:37 PM [Go to top of thread]

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> Ceiling Fan tips by dmasher on 11/08/2004

Sorry this wasn't a more timely response, but I havn't
visited here before. There are a few things I feel
should be pointed out. Before starting work of
this kind, check with your local building dept. to
find out if a permit is required and if they allow
DIY electrical work. Having the work permited and
inspected will help protect you if there is a fire
later i.e. don't give the insurance co. any loopholes.
Next, installing a fan on an existing box was mentioned;
this is not allowed by code unless the box is listed
for supporting a fan (lighting fixture boxes are not).
Whether installing a new box or replacing an existing
one, be sure to get one listed for the purpose, they
are readily available. Finally, when running cable
in an attic, there are NEC requirements (detailed
in article 336) for support, protection, and termination
that must be followed. They are not particularly
complicated, but must be understood.
A excellent book for an electrical DIY, is Electrical
Wireing RESDENTIAL by Ray C. Mullin (Delmar Press,

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