Keeping a Fan Secure When possible, attach hanging brackets for a fan right to the ceiling joist. But when the fan must go between joists, use one of the methods described here. If you can only work from below and the ceiling is finished, use a brace bar, a heavy-duty adjustable metal bridge with spiked ends (about $15 with box). Cut a hole in the ceiling large enough to slip the bar through to the framing. Position the bar so its legs are flush with the bottom of the joists. Rotate the outer shaft to set the spikes in the wood, then proceed with the installation. If the area is accessible from above or open below, screw 2 X 6 blocking between the joists.
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