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Installing Ceiling Fans

Aug 17, 2007
If you are unable to hire someone to install your new ceiling fan then this quick guide can help you with the basics of the installation. Please be aware that you are going to be handling electrical devices and all safety precautions should be adhered to during the process. If your ceiling fan unit comes with an installation guide, be sure to consult the manual for specific information

Step 1: Choosing The Right Location

More than likely, you probably already have the ideal spot to install your ceiling fan. And hopefully, you have already supplied the necessary electrical wiring throughout your house in order to reach the exact destination in which your fan will be placed. If you have not, then consult with an electrician who is qualified to do the job.

Step 2: Be Sure That The Blade Has Enough Clearance To Spin

One of the most important aspects of choosing the right location for your new ceiling fan is to thoroughly test the clearance for the size of blades that your fan unit will be using. A simple way to do this is to take the total measurement from the floor up to your ceiling. Now subtract the distance that your fan will take up from the ceiling connector to the bottom of the unit. Anything over 7 feet is ideal. Anything lower than 7 feet can be a hazard and considered extremely dangerous.

Step 3: Mounting The Fan Unit

First, be sure that all power is turned off. This goes for the unit as well as the electrical power in your room. To be totally safe, you can even shut the power off from the main circuit breaker.

Next, you're going to cut a large hole in the center of your room ceiling (where your fan will be installed) which will have the 'junction box' put in. If your junction box cannot be slipped inside, and is beside the joist, then you'll have to drill the appropriate holes and screw the box into the joist.

Finally, you must use the appropriate tools to mount the fan to your ceiling. This will depend specifically upon the ceiling fan that you purchased. The beam mount that you will use will depend entirely on whether you are mounting your fan to a horizontal beam or a vertical beam.

Step 4: Time To Assemble The Fan

Now it is time to assemble your ceiling fan unit. Every system may be different from one another so again it is important to remind you to check specifically with the brand that you are installing. However, all ceiling fans will generally have a hanger pipe that is secured on top of the fan motor, which is held in place by tightly secured screws.

Next, you will attach the blades of your fan to the motor unit. This should be a simple process and is often secured by tightening screws that loop through the blades and into the motor. Be sure not to tighten the screws too tight as it can damage the threads.

You now want to mount your fan to its junction box. You'll need the appropriate assembly screws and washers that should come with the unit. The fan should be easily slipped into the box and the holes perfectly lined up. It is also much easier if you have someone to help assist you by holding up the fan while you are tightening up the bolts.

Once finished, all that is left now is to wire the fan unit and then slide its cover over the wire bracket. Depending on what unit you have, the manufacturer has supplied specific wiring instructions.
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Jake Kennedy is editor and publisher of the webs most enlightening Ceiling Fans website. For more fast facts on Installing a Ceiling Fans check out: How to Install a Ceiling Fan
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