28th Jun2012

Replacing a Ceiling Fan

by Dinah Wulf
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OK, so I know you can just read the directions that come in the box for replacing a ceiling fan, but after replacing a few in our new home, I thought I’d share some tips that we learned through this process.  It’s fairly easy to do, however for some reason my husband and I always run into (small) problems. The photos in this collage are from when we replaced my daughter’s fan in her room.

Removing the Old Fan:

  • Never use a metal ladder while working with electricity. Use wood or fiberglass (We didn’t run into any problems with this one… thank goodness… I just thought I’d add it anyway).
  • Turn off the electricity for both the fan and the light before you start.
  • Remove all the light bulbs before you remove the fan (If they still work, reuse them!).
  • If there are light shades, remove those too.
  • Use the buddy system. Ceiling fans are heavy!
  • Consider removing the blades before removing the motor instead of removing the entire fan at once (Unless you are SUPER strong like I am… just kidding).
  • When in doubt, call an electrician!

When assembling the new fan, account for all the parts and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Installing the New Fan:

  • If you have any issues with the support brace you can always install an expanding metal brace.
  • If for some reason your fan doesn’t come with a mounting bracket, you can but a mounting kit separately.
  • Make sure all screws are tightened to avoid any wobbling when the fan is on.

I hope this helped!



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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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