Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 29
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by GMTK Works, but needs improvement
First - there are two versions of this product - one made by Westinghouse and one made by Commerical Electric. Both have similar packaging. I bought this at my local HD and it was the Commerical electric version. DO NOT BUY this unless you need to do your remodel asap. There are better products on the market and if you can find the Westinghouse version, it is better.
The biggest problem with this device - attaching the junction box to the cross member via the small brace is virtually impossible with the screws provided. Do yourself a favor and buy 3 inch screws. On my first install with this product I ended up taping the brace to the cross member and then have 90 minutes of swear words I finally got the junction box secured to the cross member. I vowed to never use this product again. Fast-forward two weeks and the wife wants a light hung asap for a party (we are in the middle of a remodel). I bought this same product from HD in town and luckily, this time I had a small access panel to my attic so I set a brick on top of the brace to hold it down and get the screws in. Once mounted, this product performs great and my fans have zero wobble. But with some small modifications this would be a much better product.
June 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gdav Works great
I was a little skeptical because I only had beams that were 1 3/4" tall but it gripped really tight and made my kitchen fan real easy to install.
September 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYstruggler Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A product that performs JUST as advertised. Great experience.
The saf-t-brace, for me was the perfect product. I installed it in our utility room where there had been a small fixture with not even an elec. box in ceiling. I NEVER had to go into the attic and after watching the video on this listing, I had it installed so tightly that I honestly could've done a pull up from it in about 15 minutes. I did, however, use a channel-lok pliers to turn the bar a couple times past my ability to do it (I'm average hand and arm strength). That thing was TIGHT TIGHT TIGHT. New fan went up perfectly.
August 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jay Retrofit Ceiling Fan
easy to use good product good price right size for the job
August 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by VeryHappyStepStoolOwner works great but still needed to go into attic to install
Was using this where a light fixture was mounted but the box for the light fixture wouldn't have supported the weight of the fan I purchased. To remove the old electrical box I had to go up into the attic anyway and there was no way I would have gotten the existing wiring through this setup without going up there as well. Other than that, it's built very sturdy and I don't doubt it will support most any fan, it was very easy to install and the electrical box it comes with is designed for this usage where the electrical box that was existing was fine for lighting but not as good as this one for mounting a ceiling fan.
June 25, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BruceT No good for sloped ceiling
Sturdy but difficult to align the mounting bar in the center of the hole in the ceiling, and that is necessary in order to get the 4" ceiling box in.
If you have a sloped ceiling, then this device is useless because the screws for the fan mounting bracket are diagonal to the bar. The hanger ball of all ceiling fans has a groove to prevent the down-rod from spinning and that must be aligned with the slope of the ceiling, which means that the mounting screws must be aligned perpendicular to the slope of the ceiling - impossible with this brace.
July 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Did the job right
Old house has 24" centered ceiling joists. This part spawned the distance in good form to hang fan.
July 12, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BruceT Westinghouse version also no good for sloped ceilings
Previously, I posted about this product not being useable on sloped ceilings because the mounting screw posts are diagonal to the slope of the ceiling instead of at 90 degrees to the slope, preventing the fan's down rod from hanging straight because the mounting ball, with its anti-torsion groove misaligned, can't rotate in line with the slope of the ceiling.
Westinghouse contacted me, asked to see a copy of my receipt. I thought, "How nice, they are going to compensate me for the billable time I lost due to their faulty design". Instead, they came back and said the product I bought was Home Depot's brand, not theirs, and asked me to change my review to make that clear.
Checking on Westinghouse Lighting website, I see pictures of their version with exactly the same design flaw as the Home Depot brand, so no, my review still stands with one more star removed for trying to weasel out of their error.
August 4, 2016