Is there any not incredibly annoying way to install one safely?
You find a stud, nail a new box to it, probably wouldn't be a bad idea to add a support from the next beam over, hang ceiling fan.
Do you have access to ceiling from other side (attic?) Much easier to do anything than fix ceiling (in my opinion), so if you can get at it from the top, do that.
If not, plan on making a mess of your ceiling.
Anyway, the big deal is that you have to make sure that the box is well supported.
Many boxes that were just intended to hold a small light fixture are just lightly nailed into the side of a joist. You may need to add a few screws and possibly even a 2x4 header above the box in order to properly support the weight of a ceiling fan.
I don't know if you'll find one at your local home improvement mega super warehouse or not.
The device I was thinking of is intended to be semi-collapsable and then fed through the existing box hole. After being stuffed through the hole between the joists, there's some kind of screw-ish/ratchety thing to expand it up against the joists, and little pointy nubs on the ends to bite into the wood.
The one I linked may not quite be that particular animal, pretty hard to tell from the pics, and even less obvious to me upon a second look... If that's not the one, I know I've seen one that does do what I described. Somewhere, in the last decade or so, somewhere between Idaho and California...
hmmm... interesting, but I'm not sure I'd want to hang an unbalanced
ceiling fan from it. Enough rocking over time and that puppy'll come
right down on you.
Actually, those insert and expand units are exactly what they sell to those not wishing to tear out all of the ceiling drywall. When I had the ceiling fan/light kit installed in my office, it's exactly what the contractor used.
I've had a couple of different oil companies, but Robison is the only one that hasn't ever let my tank run dry.
I keep misparsing that name as 'Orbison'. Then, I hear "Pretty Woman", which doesn't correlate well to oil.
depends on how the oil is used...
Ah, well, there you have it.
Never in my wildest dreams would I think to pour heating oil all over a woman.
Probably because I'm gay.