I'm having a difficult time removing an existing ceiling junction box/pan. There was a nut holding the bolt in the center.
I thought the nut was holding the box in place, but even with the nut gone the box won't come out. There are no screws or other hardware I can see holding the box in place.
I want to replace the box because the nipple on my chandelier mounting hardware butts right up against that bolt in the center of the box.
The gap between the bolt and nipple is very slim and (so far) impossible to feed the wires through.
I was hoping to replace the box with a newer one that doesn't have that bolt in the middle. There is some space between the bolt in the junction box and the chandelier nipple, but the clearance is really small.
I could pre-thread the wires through the nipple to make it simpler to get the wires through the gap, but I'm also concerned about the wires getting pinched and damaged. It's a tight squeeze, especially when I actually screw the bracket in place.
I've seen other questions with ceiling junction boxes like mine. Unfortunately, those other examples aren't quite like mine. Either those examples don't have that bolt in the middle of the box, or if they do, they aren't having the same problem where there's a nipple that's colliding with that bolt.
I do not have access from above and there are no visible screws holding this in.
- How do I get this box out of there?
- Is there another solution I could persue to deal with the issue where the nipple and bolt are butting up against one another without needing to replace this box?