Gap between ceiling fan housing and ceiling

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  1. hfx

    hfx New Member

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    Hunter ceiling fan:
    Hi I was wondering if anyone had experience with ceiling fans and could tell me what the deal is with the gap I ended up with between the housing and the ceiling. It almost looks like the bracket was made to hang down some, the instructions didn't say anything about bending it to fit flush with the ceiling, just curious if anyone had the same issues.

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  2. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    Is the ceiling box (hopefully fan mounting designed and rated) flush or slightly receeded with the sheet rock? Are you able to spread those wires apart somewhat as a seperate issue?
  3. hfx

    hfx New Member

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    Thanks. Yea the box is recessed 3/16" or so (yep its made for and mounted for ceiling fan, thanks). You saying I need to give the wires some breathing room from each other? I could probly do that, can I ask why, just so I know.
  4. Chad Schloss

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    it looks like you're missing a trim ring that covers the screws. Mine has a cover that slides over those and covers that same gap.

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  5. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Yours hangs on a stem and his fits flush to the ceiling but I don’t see anything wrong.

    I would much rather have the small gap as to have it damage the texture of the ceiling trying to install it.
  6. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    If the gap bothers you, a medallion may work for you to hide it. HD and Lowes sell a variety of them. You could also call the manufacturer's customer service to see if they can suggest any possible adjustment. I agree with JW, though. More often than not, it is difficlult to force the canopy up against the ceiling while trying to get those screws threaded into the holes.

    I mentioned the wiring because it does not look so neat. I have installed enough ceiling fans to know that it is not always so easy to make it neat:p, but I always try.
  7. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet Member

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    Looks like good ventilation design to me.
  8. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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    I agree! I'd leave it alone. No one, but you, will ever look at this and think, "What a horribly wide gap!" And you will soon think of other things and will stop noticing it.
  9. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    That is what I was thinking, It will sure run cooler.

    Plus the spiders have a escape route.
  10. hfx

    hfx New Member

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    Hey I appreciate it guys. Yea I know I'll def get used to it being like that. I'm glad you all feel this way, now I won't feel compelled to take it back apart and fix anything. And if I do I can find an alt to the actual housing sitting flush. Thanks
  11. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Every once and a while we have someone ask a question and get an answer that they are satisfied with but more times than not we have someone who thinks we are picking on them.

    It pleases my heart when we do give someone an answer that makes them happy so I thank you for posting this.

    Mike
  12. oldanbo

    oldanbo New Member

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    HEY, that's my fan! ;) HD or Lowes, I forget.
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