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Installing-ceiling-fan-support-brace, the family handyman senior editor, gary wentz, will show you how to remove an old light and install a ceiling fan mounting bracket so you can properly install a new ceiling fan.. Install a support brace put up a support brace between the ceiling joists where you want the fan, because fans can weigh up to 50 pounds. if your ceiling is covered with drywall, you'll need to access the joists through the attic to attach the support brace. if you're attaching the fan where a light has already been, that's all you need to do., a heavy ceiling light fixture, like a large chandelier or ceiling fan, requires a sturdy brace to support its weight. the drywall or plaster of the ceiling is not strong enough to support the ....

Insert the fan brace through the hole in the sheetrock and onto the ceiling. the square tube of the brace should be centered with the hole. rotate the square tube with your hand until the teeth are firmly locked into the joist. feel around to gauge your results.