Thinking about installing a ceiling fan at home? This is a relatively simple project that requires only minor electrical and mechanical skills. Installing the fan oneself will save money as well as make sure the job is done right.
Before installing the fan however there are a couple of things one needs to do for preparation. Remember the fan weighs more than the light fixture that is currently there. Making sure the box is secured and is one that will properly support your new fan is very important. Nothing is worse than sitting under something that may not be secured properly.
Here is how to make sure the box is secure and ready for the new ceiling fan:
Step 1: Turn off the electrical and remove the fixture that is currently in place. Check the wires before touching them with a meter.
Step 2: Inspect the fixture to see if it is plastic or not. If the fixture is plastic it will not hold the ceiling fan securely and could cause an accident later on. The answer is to go to the hardware store and purchase the proper box preferably one for a ceiling fan.
Step 3: Remove the box in question by going into the attic and first removing the wires and secondly removing the box from a beam if it is attached.
Step 4: After it is removed and the new box is ready to be installed one can mount the new box to a two by four that has been cut to go on the inside of each beam. This may be at least 16-24 inches.
Step 5: Place the wires back into the new box and place it back over the hole in the ceiling. Bridge the two by four across from one side to the other on each beam sitting lightly on top of the box. Do not put pressure on the new box as it might become uneven. Now screw the two by four in place with common sheetrock screws.
Step 6: Now attach the box from underneath using wood screws. This will secure the box and stabilize it check the box with a level to make sure it is straight and then attach the ceiling fan and turn the electrical power back on.
This project might take a couple of hours to do but will be worth the effort when finished. Correct installation of any house hold item requires good prep work.