How to Install a Ceiling Fan With a Saddle Box
A ceiling fan typically is installed using an existing fixture. If you need a more secure method to mount a ceiling fan, however, a ceiling fan saddle box can be used. The saddle box is shaped to fit over a ceiling joist to provide a secure connection for the ceiling fan mount. Installing a ceiling fan with a saddle box assures that the fan will not be in danger of falling.
- Turn off the power to the room where you want to install the ceiling fan. Turn off the circuit for the room at the circuit panel.
- Locate the stud for a ceiling joist using the stud finder. Mark the location of the stud with the pencil.
- Place the ceiling fan saddle box so that it is centered on the pencil mark. Then draw an outline around it with the pencil.
- Cut around the outline with the drywall saw and then remove the cut pieces of drywall.
- Pull the electrical wiring for the fan through the hole and run it through the ceiling fan saddle box.
- Insert the saddle box onto the ceiling joist and secure it by tightening the mounting screws. Use a power drill or a screwdriver to tighten the mounting screw.
- Set the mounting bracket for the fan on the ceiling fan saddle box and attach it with the screws that are provided with the ceiling fan.
- Connect the green ground wire to the ground screw on the saddle box.
- Twist together the white neutral wires and twist on a wire cover. Repeat this step for the black hot wires.
- Set the fan assembly up to the mounting bracket and secure it with screws. Insert the screws into the holes on the mounting bracket and tighten them with the screwdriver.
- Turn on the power and then test the fan.
Things You Will Need
- Stud finder
- Ceiling saddle box
- Drywall saw
- Power drill
- Mounting bracket
- Wire covers
- Some types of ceiling fans come with a light fixture.