I am going to install some ceiling fans. I have done this before in a previous house but I am encountering new challenges now. 1st, the current electrical box is attached to the ceiling joists (rafters?) with a metal bar the seems to be welded to the box itself. The bar goes across the 2 beams and attaches to the top of these beams. The bar looks like some that we have in our basement between the floor joists and are crisscrossed. They look like they are some kind a joist stablizers. Is this strong enough to hold a ceiling fan?(I don't know how much it weighs, the blades a very light). I have seen the ceiling fan bars that you can install through the hole in the ceiling. I have access to the attic but I don't really like working up there because of the insulation (which is old)
Also, I am hooking up the fan to a wall switch that has 2 switches, one on either side of the room and controls two ceiling fixtures. The fan I have is remote controlled. I can't completely bypass the light switch (not that I know how) because I still want the second light to be operated by the switch. I have a second ceiling fan that I will be installing that has a light switch that, if I have to, I will just keep the light switch on and turn the fan off and on with the remote. Please help, I have some experience with electrical.