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Had a customer call me to swag a chandelier. Stated previous contractor doesnt swag if he can not support from attic. Asked if I would do it. Stated ill have to check weight .wondering if you guys do the same process.I usually dont do them, ill recommend a retro box and explain why and usually after they yes. Wondering how many of you guys do the same process.
 

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Sure. As long as I can find a decent framing member to anchor to I have 0 qualms about swagging.
 

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I had a call a few wks from a customer who hired a craigslist electrician and installed with no framing. Just togge bolts and hook needless to say the fixture fell 3 days later. To no surprise they couldnt find the guy. Was a good pay day for me!
 

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Gotta have that framing member to anchor in to. Then all you need is enough slack to get there and make sure it looks 'correct'. If there is no framing member you could always take the journey up into the attic and install a 'member' of your own.
 

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Had a customer call me to swag a chandelier. Stated previous contractor doesnt swag if he can not support from attic. Asked if I would do it. Stated ill have to check weight .wondering if you guys do the same process.I usually dont do them, ill recommend a retro box and explain why and usually after they yes. Wondering how many of you guys do the same process.
The code tells us anything over 50 lbs must be supported by something other than an outlet box unless the box is rated for over 50 lbs. Even though the swag hook is not a box, it would need to be secured to something other than sheet rock. If the customer is not willing to patch and paint so you can properly secure the chandelier than I'd politely decline and walk away.
 

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just drill all the way through the roof, mount a 2x6 across the roof nailed into the rafters through the roofing material, and hang all thread all the way down. hahaha actually had a customer suggest this when I told them that I couldn't swag the fixture where they wanted and couldn't add support without them having to patch drywall. haha I politely said they could probably talk a guy in the HD parking lot into doing it.
 
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