Mounting ceiling fan bracket to box

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Old 07-04-17, 07:18 PM
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Mounting ceiling fan bracket to box

The title says it all - I just bought a new ceiling fan and want to install it. But the electrical box on the ceiling (for some reason I can't upload a picture) doesnt look like anything I've seen on youtube. First of all, its diameter is smaller than the ceiling fan bracket's screw holes, and second, theres a black plastic thing within the box with two round knockout pieces, and two screws imbedded in it.

I should also mention this is a brand new house and so I assumed that its already set up for a ceiling fan (this in the bedroom) but I'm baffled by the electrical box.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Larry
 
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Old 07-04-17, 07:32 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Can be difficult to load pics from a smart phone. From laptop is easy.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/electrical-ac-dc/534445-how-insert-pictures.html

Sometimes the fan bracket mounting screws are held captive inside the box when it's installed and need to be removed for use.

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Old 07-04-17, 11:21 PM
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Tried again to upload the picture (its a JPEG from a digital camera); got a message that says :SAM_0500.JPG: Upload of file failed."
 
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Did you adjust the size to 600 px or less?
 
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I'm just writing to close the loop on this. I removed the two plastic knockout plugs and one of them showed wood under the plug. I think the intent of the plugs, once removed, is to show the direction of the underlying ceiling joist; it either runs beneath both plugs, or under one. Using that info i was able to drill into the joist and hang the ceiling fan bracket.
 
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