Post details: Installing a Ceiling Fan

02/17/05

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Installing a Ceiling Fan


A ceiling fan will do more than just give your air conditioner a break in the heat of summer - it'll also take a load off your furnace in winter by recirculating heated air that rises to the ceiling.

Then, your only extra preparation might be to beef up the weight-carrying capacity of the electrical box and maybe run a new wire to the wall switch if the fan and light operate with separate switches. This last requirement varies, so always follow the wiring instructions that come with your fan.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

SKILL SCALE
Medium

TIME REQUIRED
If you already have a ceiling light, the job should take a half-day or less.

TOOLS
Neon circuit tester
Screwdrivers
Adjustable wrench
Nut driver

MATERIALS
Electrical fixture box
Cable clamps
Metal brace bar
Wire connectors

Ceiling FanTurn off power to the existing light fixture at the main service panel, test for power, and remove the existing fixture and electrical box. Attach a 1 1/2-inch-deep metal light-fixture box to the brace bar using a U-bolt and two nuts.

 

 

 

Ceiling FanFrom the attic, position the brace between ceiling joists so the bottom legs are flush with the bottoms of the joists. Rotate the bar by hand to force its end spikes into the joists.

 

 

 

 

Ceiling FanAttach the included stove bolts to the adapter plate with locknuts. These are the bolts that will support the fan. Insert the adapter plate into the box so the ends of the U-bolt fit through the holes on the adapter plate.

 

 

 

Ceiling FanSecure the adapter plate by screwing two locknuts onto the U-bolt. Open one knockout for each cable that will enter the electrical box, and attach a cable clamp to each knockout.

 

 

 

 

Ceiling FanTighten the brace bar one full rotation with a wrench to anchor it tightly against the joists. Feed the existing circuit cable into the electrical box, and secure it with a cable clamp.

 

 

 

 

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