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Do It Yourself - How to replace a celing fan.


These Do It Yourself videos are provided as a service from NY Home Contractors. The information in this DIY site is intended to simplify jobs around the house and home. The tools, techniques, and local building codes change; therefore, NY Home Contractors and its owners assume no liability for omissions, errors or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, if in doubt consult with a licensed professional.

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan. Step by Step Preparation

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The following video will review how to replace a ceiling fan. 1. Turn off the circuit by switching off the breaker or fuse. Remove the existing ceiling fixture. 2. You need to determine if your existing workbox will provide enough support. If you have access to the workbox from your attic, check to see if the workbox has metal cross braces that span between two joists. If not, you can cut a 2"x4" to fit in between the joists. Install it so it touches the top of the workbox. Use screws and a screw gun to anchor the wood in place. From the room, use 1" drywall screws to anchor the box to the wood brace. 3. If you do not have access from the attic, you can install a metal cross brace through the rough opening in your ceiling and then attach an approved workbox to the metal brace. 4. Assemble the ceiling fan according to the manufacturer's instructions. When you are ready to hang the fan, take the mounting bracket and install it to the ceiling workbox. Some fans come with a hanging frame that allows you to hook the ball end of the down rod in place. Others come with a bracket that provides a "J" hook that allows you to hang the motor housing while hooking up the wiring. 5. If you removed a light fixture from the ceiling, most likely the existing wiring will provide one switched circuit to your new ceiling fan. This means the wall switch will function as the master switch to turn the unit off and on. The pull chain on the fan will also control the fan (and its speed). If you install an optional light kit on the fan, both the wall switch and a pull chain will also control it. 6. Following the wiring diagram provided with the fan, hook up the wires using wire nuts. Most likely this is as simple as connecting the 2 black wires; connecting the 2 white wires and connecting the 2 ground wires. 7. Once the fan is wired, finish its assembly according to the manufacturer's instructions. You will need to install the canopy to the top of the rod. 8. You will also need to attach the fan blades. If you are installing a light kit, remove the cover on the bottom of the fan where the light kit will be mounted. Following the manufacturer's instructions, assemble and install the light kit.

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