This Westinghouse Lighting Saf-T-Brace allows you to safely install your ceiling fan or lighting fixture in three easy steps--without having to access attic space. Ideal for installation during new construction or remodeling, this mounting brace can be put into finished ceilings through a 4-in. hole. This brace works with all ceiling fans, so you do not have to worry about size or compatibility.The brace's three teeth easily twist and lock into the ceiling joists, its threaded multiple lead adjusts quickly, and its square tube allows for easy turning. For added ease, the electrical box can be positioned anywhere on the brace to fit your project needs. The brace works with existing ceiling joists between 16 and 24 in. wide.The Saf-T-Brace comes with everything you need for installation, including easy-to-follow instructions. It also includes a Saf-T-Cap to protect bolts and wires during drywall installation and painting.
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95%of customersrecommend this product19 of 20reviews
I install quite a few ceiling fans and heavy light fixtures. The Westinghouse brand is the only one I use. Other brands' expanding worm cam do not spin easily and use the ear tabs to support the weight. The Westinghouse spins freely and has machined threads for secure mounting. Trust me, use only these Westinghouse fan boxes. Bob M.
I purchased the brace to install a chandelier that I purchased also from home depot. This made it very very east to do so. I didn't have to crawl into the attic or anything. Total time to run new wiring (from the previous light to the center of the room) and installation was under an hour and a half. When I install a light in the living room I'll definitely get another one of these!
Pros: Easy to Assemble, High Quality of Material, Looks Great, Good Size & Weight, Functional, Well Made, Fast / Speed
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Review 4 for Saf-T-Brace
from Minneapolis, MN, USA
Does its job, but check distance between joists first
Bought this when I wanted to replace the light fixture in my bedroom with a fan. Despite our house being over 100 years old, and me not measuring the distance between the joists first, it fit just fine and holds the fan like a champ, as it's supposed to.
Surprisingly, it was a different story when my dad and I bought one in order to install a fan in our living room. We ran into the same problem as VTSpike- joists were too close together for the brace to fit properly (I didn't measure the distance between them because I assumed they'd be far enough apart)- but in our situation one of the joists happened to be right next to where the old fixture used to be, so I returned the brace my dad bought to the store and got a Saf-T-Pan pancake box. Problem solved.
Overall, I recommend this brace, but measure the distance between the joists of the room you plan to put it in first to ensure that they are far enough apart, especially if you live in an old house (a stud finder should help you accomplish this).
I needed to use this with 12" on center joists. I modified it by removing the threaded square piece from the rectangular box piece and using a reciprocating saw to cut 4". I then replaced the square threaded piece. I also cut 4" from the threaded rod.
The only tricky part was removing the square threaded piece. To do this, I unscrewed the threaded rod nearly almost completely. I applied Vise Grip pliers to the threaded rod close to the square piece. Since I knew I'd be cutting this end off, I didn't care that the threads were marred. I then used a hammer to strike the pliers and remove the square piece.
Don't let joists less than 16" on center stop you from using this product.
Easy install, quality is good a little difficult to adjust so pre set the width before installing. Works well and will hold a 52 inch fan easily. electrical connections pre install as well. The less you have to do after install the better.
This brace is definitely more expensive than your cheap fan brace, but is totally worth cost. It's sturdy and easy to install!
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Review 13 for Saf-T-Brace
Doesn't fit my ceiling
PostedMay 13, 2012
No, I do not recommend this product.
I bought this for my house that is over 100 years old. Wanted to replace my old light fixture with a fan. Knob and tube wiring the whole works. But upon taking down the old light fixture I only had 2 wires poking through the ceiling. No box at all. Hence me picking up this little gadget. I get it home and ready to install. Upon putting it though the whole in my ceiling I realize I can not get it to level out. Turns out my ceiling joists are 13 inches apart and this is made for at least 15 inches of space. No way it is ever going to work. I didn't realize this until reading the fine print on the box. I had thought it was a universal device. I will be returning it and hopefully coming across a different solution other than tearing up all my blown insulation in the attic.
I bought this product when I wanted to install a ceiling fan in our living room. The hardest part (and the messiest) was literally cutting the hole into the ceiling. I propose you do that before you go to the hardware store to figure out whether or not you have a beam right next to your hole. The brace itself is easy to assemble: Just slide the brace through the hole, place it in between the beams and screw it in, mount the electrical box and you're done. The electrical box does not have to be centered on the brace which makes it so much easier to just drill where ever you need it without figuring out where the middle between two beams would be. After the installation I pulled the brace with about half of my body weight and it did not move - i was impressed. Now, about 6 months after purchase I am still as pleased as I could possibly be. I definitely recommend this product for pro's as well as DIY-newbies. Quality, Ease of Installation and Price just leave nothing to ask for.
Pros: Easy to Assemble, Functional, Well Made, High Quality of Material, Fast / Speed, Good Size & Weight
We live in a restored home built in 1771. The ceiling joists are not 16 on center. We were able to make them work with some adjustments, but overall it wasn't as easy as we thought it would be. Good concept and would work great if our house had newer construction.