Step 5: Prepare the new electrical box

Use a slotted screwdriver to pry one of the pre-punched knockout plugs from the side of the metal electrical box that comes with the fan brace.

If you're using a box that doesn't have an integral cable connector, fasten an NM (nonmetallic) connector to the knockout hole.

Hold the box close to the ceiling and feed the end of the cable through the cable connector.

Pull about 6 inches of cable into the box, then tighten the connector screws to lock the cable in place. Be sure the connector pinches down on the cable's exterior sheathing, not onto the individual wires.

Tip: Never put cable into a metal box that doesn't have a cable connector. The sharp edge of the knockout hole can slice into the wires and short them out.

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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

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    2. FAN BRACE

    about $18