High ceiling heavy chandelier installation in Toronto. Licensed electricians
Hard-to-reach spots - above stairs, narrow spaces, cathedral ceiling
Proper or excessive support before hanging a heavy one
Run wire to a hallway 30 foot high junction box
Relocating outlet boxes, lights or fixtures
Scaffold for two storey height
Commercial track lights in stores, galleries, and lofts Outlet box was moved & hole patched up
Structural clamps, reinforcing rods, brackets, anchor bolts or braces for proper and
even excessive support in a hall, ballroom, dome, high bay, church, hotel, or mansion
This is an email I received from a man who planned installing it himself but encountered a number of challenges.
My living room has a cathedral ceiling. A fan is suspended on a long rod. I wanted to replace the fan with a crystal chandelier. I rented a 12 foot step ladder. When I climbed up to take the fan down, I discovered that bracket holding the fan was screwed through drywall directly into a beam. There was a hole cut in drywall for the wire and that was it. No box. Yes, the cross bar was safely and securely fastened to the structure but without an outlet box.
My goal is to hang it but I know that most modern fixtures aren't hung without a box. I need to figure out the best option possible, but which one is right?
I'm looking for suggestions on how to hang this type of fixture other than mounting a junction box first.
Some of the suggestions I got are as follows:
1. For a safe, secure and code compliant result, the open top of the mounting gear needs to be pushed up tight against the newly installed outlet box, so that all wires and connections are enclosed within the closed casing or box.
2. Cut the drywall around. Measure diameter of the box and cut the beam to accommodate it. Insert the box, fasten it and wire appropriately.
3. Drill a hole through the joist and fasten the cross bar straight to the beam. Push the wire from the fixture up through the hole into the attic above and into a junction box. Make a connection to Romex supply wire and close the box with a cover plate or canopy. You have to use a supply wire rated for the insulated attic.
4. Forget about the JB and mount it exactly the same way as the fan before.
I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction.
My answer was: Do not do it yourself. You can burn down the house, kill yourself and the entire family.
Next day I did it in 2 hours after the customer spent 5 hours on the forums. Renting the step ladder has cost him almost half of the money I charged for the entire job!
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