We want to replace one of our fixtures with a ceiling fan. Despite the impending April Fool’s holiday, we figure we’d rather not decapitate our guests—which means supporting the fan with more than the stock wiring box that’s in there.
We have something like this, a brace that expands between two joists to secure itself and hold the weight of a fan.
Before I start pulling things down, it hit me—how am I going to get the existing box out? The cut-out for the ceiling drywall is pretty tight to the box (it’s between floors so there’s no access from above), so if the nails holding the box in are on the box’s wings (or whatever they’re called) or otherwise inaccessible, I’m in for a heap of trouble. Or do I just go at it with a cat’s paw, attach a medallion to cover the mess and be done with it?
Any experience with this? A technique or trick I should be aware of?