Step 2: Remove the electrical box

Removing electrical box
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Remove the screws that hold the electrical box to its metal hanger bar. If there are no screws, the box is probably nailed to a joist. Use a flat bar to pry the box free.

If it's a metal box, loosen the screws on the cable connector, then slide out the cable. For a plastic box, use a slotted screwdriver to pry up the flexible fin that pinches down on the cable, then pull the cable free.

If the box was attached to a metal hanger bar, cut the bar in half using a close-quarter hacksaw.

Remove the pieces of the bar and discard them.
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    Tools List

    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench,
      used to tighten fan brace
    • lineman's pliers
      Lineman's pliers.
      used for spreading chain links
    • Nut screwdriver
      7/16-in. nut driver
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head and slotted screwdrivers
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • hack saw
      Close-quarter hacksaw (for cutting out old hanging bar
    • ladder
      Stepladder

    Shopping List

    1. CHANDELIER

    2. FAN BRACE

    about $18



    3. TWIST-ON WIRE CONNECTORS